Summary for Singa hamata (Araneae)

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National Distribution

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Singa hamata Copyright: Peter Harvey
Identification difficulty rating: 3
Name: Singa hamata
Authority: (Clerck, 1757)
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Araneidae
National Rarity status: NS
IUCN status: LC

Records: 216
First Record: 1897
Latest Record: 2023

1992-on hectads: 25
Pre-1992 hectads: 25
Total hectads: 41

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Recorded altitude range
0m to 280m

Species text

The species is widely scattered as far north as central Scotland. Its distribution on the Continent is poorly known.

Habitat and ecology
Singa hamata spins its web on low vegetation usually in damp habitats, for example damp pasture and raised bogs but also in areas of rough unmanaged grassland. A pinkish retreat containing the egg-sac can often be found on vegetation near the web. Both sexes mature in May and June, the females lasting through to October.

The spider may be abundant in some localities but is very local.

The loss of raised bogs and damp pasture, particularly through drainage, and the regular cutting of grassland poses a significant threat to this species.

Management and conservation
Where damp pasture is still present grassland cutting should be on a rotational basis so that areas of long grass and herbage within the pasture are left each year to provide a permanent habitat for S. hamata. Of particular importance are well established tussocks of long grass and where possible these should remain.

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 76 records with adult season information)


background methodology

Broad Habitat Data (based on 82 records with habitat information)

Broad subhabitat Data (based on 1 records with subhabitat information)

Structural Habitat Data (based on 64 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 71 records with habitat detail and method information)

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Recorded substrate and hydrology for locations with Singa hamata


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