Summary for Trochosa spinipalpis (Araneae)

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National Distribution

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Identification difficulty rating: 4
Name: Trochosa spinipalpis
Authority: (F.O.P.-Cambridge, 1895)
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Lycosidae
National Rarity status: NS
IUCN status: LC
Watching Brief: Amber

Records: 437
First Record: 1893
Latest Record: 2022

1992-on hectads: 52
Pre-1992 hectads: 93
Total hectads: 135

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Recorded altitude range
0m to 550m

Species text

The species is widely distributed in Britain but absent from large areas and generally very scattered. However the species may be much more restricted than the distribution map suggests, with many records based on females the result of misidentifications. It is widespread in north-western and central Europe.

Habitat and ecology
T. spinipalpis has a preference for damp places, such as Sphagnum bogs, wet heathland, damp meadows, fens or marshland. Adults have been collected in April, May and June.

There may have been a long-term decline in this species.

Some of the recorded decline in this species is probably attributable to drainage of wetlands for agriculture, forestry and building.

Management and conservation
Protect wetlands from drainage and conversion to other land uses. Ensure adequate water supplies to wetlands.

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 86 records with adult season information)


background methodology

Broad Habitat Data (based on 228 records with habitat information)

Broad subhabitat Data (based on 9 records with subhabitat information)

Structural Habitat Data (based on 68 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 74 records with habitat detail and method information)

Recorded management for locations with Trochosa spinipalpis

Recorded substrate and hydrology for locations with Trochosa spinipalpis


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