Summary for Scotina gracilipes (Araneae)

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National Distribution

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Scotina gracilipes female Copyright: Tylan Berry
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Name: Scotina gracilipes
Authority: (Blackwall, 1859)
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Liocranidae
National Rarity status: NS
IUCN status: LC

Records: 846
First Record: 1893
Latest Record: 2023

1992-on hectads: 102
Pre-1992 hectads: 97
Total hectads: 161

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Recorded altitude range
0m to 609m

Species text

The species has a widespread but patchy and very scattered distribution, and is absent from many areas in Britain. It is widespread in north-western Europe.

Habitat and ecology
The spider is generally found in dry and exposed heathland habitats amongst the roots of heather, and becomes more abundant in heather more than eight years old, but it has also been found in woodland and raised bog. Adults of both sexes are found in late summer and autumn, but females persist throughout the year.

Generally local, but widespread and common on southern heathland. The spider appears to have suffered major decline in recent years, but this may partly be due to a lack of appropriate recording on southern heathlands.

Clearing of ancient woodland and heathland remain potential threats.

Management and conservation
Ensure survival of suitable heathland and woodland habitats.

Text based on Dawson, I.K., Harvey, P.R., Merrett, P. & Russell-Smith, A.R. (in prep.).  References

Adult Season

Adult Season Data (based on 282 records with adult season information)


background methodology

Broad Habitat Data (based on 251 records with habitat information)

Broad subhabitat Data (based on 9 records with subhabitat information)

Structural Habitat Data (based on 196 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 296 records with habitat detail and method information)

Recorded management for locations with Scotina gracilipes

Recorded substrate and hydrology for locations with Scotina gracilipes


Scotina gracilipes male
Scotina gracilipes male
Scotina gracilipes female
Scotina gracilipes female
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