Summary for Styloctetor romanus (Araneae)

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National Distribution

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Styloctetor romanus female Copyright: Tylan Berry
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Name: Styloctetor romanus
Authority: (O.P.-Cambridge, 1872)
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Linyphiidae
National Rarity status: NR
IUCN status: LC

Records: 282
First Record: 1900
Latest Record: 2022

1992-on hectads: 34
Pre-1992 hectads: 28
Total hectads: 50

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Recorded altitude range
0m to 10m

Species text

The species is widespread on the coast of Wales with a few scattered locations on the coasts of England as far north as Cumberland. It is widespread in western and central Europe but absent from Scandinavia and has not been recorded from Ireland.

Habitat and ecology
Coastal sand dunes. C. romana occurs among marram on coastal sand dunes, mainly in extensive dune systems. It is adult in February, May and June, and in the autumn.

Recorded from 12 hectads since 1992, but showing a decline of 54% in hectads with spider records both before and after that date (24 to 11). It may be common where it occurs, so although there has probably been less collecting recently where the species occurs, there does appear to have been a real decline.

Possibly recreational pressure and holiday development at some sites.

Management and conservation
Prevent excessive damage to dune systems resulting from unrestricted public access to these fragile ecosystems

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 169 records with adult season information)


background methodology

Broad Habitat Data (based on 66 records with habitat information)

no subhabitat data available

Structural Habitat Data (based on 59 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 133 records with habitat detail and method information)

Recorded management for locations with Styloctetor romanus

Recorded substrate and hydrology for locations with Styloctetor romanus


Styloctetor romanus female
Styloctetor romanus female
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