Summary for Tapinocyba insecta (Araneae)

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National Distribution

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Name: Tapinocyba insecta
Authority: (L.Koch, 1869)
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Linyphiidae
National Rarity status: NS
IUCN status: LC
Watching Brief: Amber

Records: 299
First Record: 1900
Latest Record: 2022

1992-on hectads: 39
Pre-1992 hectads: 65
Total hectads: 95

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Recorded altitude range
0m to 300m

Species text

T. insecta is widespread but scattered throughout most of England with the exception of the south-west and large parts of the north Midlands. There are few records for Wales and Scotland. A Palaearctic species, it is widespread in north-western and central Europe.

Habitat and ecology
This linyphiid is essentially restricted to ancient broad-leaved woodland. Crocker & Daws (1996) note that specimens are found amongst leaf litter, sphagnum and golden-saxifrage flushes in Leicestershire woodlands (oak, birch/oak, birch/alder and alder/willow). In Essex the spider is found in leaf litter in oak/hornbeam and chestnut woodland. At Wicken and Woodwalton Fens it has been found in fen carr. Adults have been recorded throughout the year but males and most females between November and July.

Local, but the spider may be numerous in some places. There may have been a long-term and widespread decline throughout its range in Britain.

Clearance of ancient broad-leaved woodland.

Management and conservation
Protect ancient woodlands from conversion to other land-use.

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 100 records with adult season information)


background methodology

Broad Habitat Data (based on 99 records with habitat information)

Broad subhabitat Data (based on 4 records with subhabitat information)

Structural Habitat Data (based on 70 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 79 records with habitat detail and method information)

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Recorded substrate and hydrology for locations with Tapinocyba insecta


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