Summary for Walckenaeria furcillata (Araneae)

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National Distribution

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Identification difficulty rating: 3
Name: Walckenaeria furcillata
Authority: (Menge, 1869)
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Linyphiidae
National Rarity status: NS
IUCN status: LC
Watching Brief: Amber

Records: 297
First Record: 1900
Latest Record: 2022

1992-on hectads: 66
Pre-1992 hectads: 54
Total hectads: 103

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Recorded altitude range
2m to 380m

Species text

The species is widespread in parts of England and Wales. A Palaearctic species widespread in north-western and central Europe but not recorded from Ireland or most of Scandinavia.

Habitat and ecology
The spider occurs under heather and scrub, and in moss and grass on acid heathland but has also been recorded in deciduous woodlands, calcareous grassland and fens. Adults are found from April through to July, females until September.

An uncommon species which seems to have undergone a long-term decline throughout its range in the southern half of Britain.

The species has fairly broad habitat preference and its decline is therefore unexpected. Past conversion of heathland to agriculture, forestry or building may have played some role in its decline.

Management and conservation
Protect remaining heathland and calcareous grassland sites from loss due to agriculture, forestry and urban development. Until more is known of the ecology of the species, firm management recommendations cannot be made.

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 108 records with adult season information)


background methodology

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

Broad subhabitat Data (based on 2 records with subhabitat information)

Structural Habitat Data (based on 67 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 84 records with habitat detail and method information)

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