Summary for Semljicola faustus (Araneae)

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National Distribution

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Identification difficulty rating: 3
Name: Semljicola faustus
Authority: (O.P.-Cambridge, 1900)
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Linyphiidae
National Rarity status: NS
IUCN status: LC
Watching Brief: Amber

Records: 907
First Record: 1900
Latest Record: 2023

1992-on hectads: 123
Pre-1992 hectads: 58
Total hectads: 161

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Recorded altitude range
10m to 956m

Species text

In Britain this Palaearctic species is restricted to northern and western regions, but is also known from south-western Ireland (Platnick 1998; Locket et al. 1974).

Habitat and ecology
This species inhabits damp, open habitats in upland regions. In North Wales, specimens were discovered amongst low growing Eriophorum spp. and Juncus squarrosus surrounding a peat bog pool at an altitude of 540 m. In West Lancashire, a female was found in a similar acidic bog pool area at an altitude of only 210 m (J. Newton, pers. comm.). Adults have been recorded between March and November, with a peak in May.

Local, but the spider may be under-recorded because its upland habitat is under-worked.

Drainage of peat bogs could pose a threat to this species.

Management and conservation
Ensure the water table of peat bogs is maintained.

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 572 records with adult season information)


background methodology

Broad Habitat Data (based on 189 records with habitat information)

Broad subhabitat Data (based on 10 records with subhabitat information)

Structural Habitat Data (based on 497 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 587 records with habitat detail and method information)

Recorded management for locations with Semljicola faustus

Recorded substrate and hydrology for locations with Semljicola faustus


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