Summary for Trichoncus saxicola (Araneae)

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National Distribution

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Trichoncus saxicola female Copyright: Tylan Berry
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Name: Trichoncus saxicola
Authority: (O.P.-Cambridge, 1861)
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Linyphiidae
National Rarity status: NR
IUCN status: VU, criteria: B2ab(ii,iv)

Records: 186
First Record: 1900
Latest Record: 2022

1992-on hectads: 21
Pre-1992 hectads: 34
Total hectads: 47

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Recorded altitude range
0m to 700m

Species text

The species is restricted to southern England except for a single female taken in 1976 on Ailsa Craig at the southernmost point of the Clyde Estuary, Scotland (Hogg 1995). It is widespread in northern and central Europe, but in Scandinavia only recorded from Sweden.

Habitat and ecology
T. saxicola occurs mainly on fairly tall calcareous grassland, especially near the coast, in grassy areas on heathland and shingle, and on heathland in Cornwall (Lizard Peninsula) and the New Forest. Females have been found from April to July with a peak of both sexes in June.

The spider is fairly widespread on calcareous grassland in the south, but rather local and never particularly common. There has been a significant decline in occupied 10-km squares.

The loss of calcareous grassland to agriculture.

Management and conservation
This species appears to favour relatively lightly-grazed grassland, but it would be necessary to control growth of scrub.

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 87 records with adult season information)


background methodology

Broad Habitat Data (based on 52 records with habitat information)

Broad subhabitat Data (based on 5 records with subhabitat information)

Structural Habitat Data (based on 69 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 77 records with habitat detail and method information)

Recorded management for locations with Trichoncus saxicola

Recorded substrate and hydrology for locations with Trichoncus saxicola


Trichoncus saxicola male
Trichoncus saxicola male
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Trichoncus saxicola female
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