Summary for Taranucnus setosus (Araneae)

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Female Copyright: Lars Bruun
Identification difficulty rating: 3
Name: Taranucnus setosus
Authority: (O.P.-Cambridge, 1863)
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Linyphiidae
National Rarity status: NS
IUCN status: LC
Watching Brief: Amber

Records: 1050
First Record: 1900
Latest Record: 2023

1992-on hectads: 156
Pre-1992 hectads: 117
Total hectads: 233

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Recorded altitude range
0m to 380m

Species text

T. setosus is widespread in East Anglia, West Wales and parts of northern England, and on southern heathlands, but absent or very scattered elsewhere. It is widespread in north-western Europe.

Habitat and ecology
This spider is typically associated with old, undisturbed, lowland bogs and fens where it lives amongst flattened sedges. The species also exploits other wetland habitats such as reed-beds, lake margins and ditch sides. There are also reports of specimens inhabiting heather (Locket & Millidge 1953), probably only referring to boggy areas. Adults of both sexes are mainly found in the autumn and late spring, but have been recorded in small numbers at other times of year.

Very local. There is evidence that the species may have undergone long-term decline.

Drainage of lowland bogs and fens, often in association with conversion of heathlands to other land-use.

Management and conservation
Ensure that remaining lowland bogs and fens are protected 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 507 records with adult season information)


background methodology

Broad Habitat Data (based on 286 records with habitat information)

Broad subhabitat Data (based on 26 records with subhabitat information)

Structural Habitat Data (based on 220 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 402 records with habitat detail and method information)

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