Summary for Walckenaeria capito (Araneae)

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National Distribution

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Identification difficulty rating: 3
Name: Walckenaeria capito
Authority: (Westring, 1861)
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Linyphiidae
National Rarity status: NS
IUCN status: LC

Records: 261
First Record: 1900
Latest Record: 2021

1992-on hectads: 48
Pre-1992 hectads: 37
Total hectads: 76

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Recorded altitude range
0m to 1100m

Species text

The species is widespread in Scotland, North Wales and the East Thames Corridor, but generally widely scattered elsewhere. It is a Holarctic species widespread in northern and central Europe.

Habitat and ecology
W. capito is found under stones on high ground in mountainous areas, but there are also records from short vegetation on shingle and grazing marsh grasslands in lowland counties, also occasionally on calcareous grassland, dry grassland and woodland. Adult females probably occur throughout the year. Our data suggest males may peak in late autumn and winter.

Generally uncommon within its rather unusual range.

Given the relatively broad spread of habitats the species occurs in, it is not currently clear what threats it could face. Nevertheless, some montane sites and coastal shingle are potentially threatened by recreational development and much coastal grazing marsh has been converted to arable agriculture.

Management and conservation
Montane sites and coastal shingle should be protected from excessive recreational pressures and traditional grazing management maintained on coastal grazing marshes. However, more information is needed on this species' ecology before detailed management recommendations can 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 92 records with adult season information)


background methodology

Broad Habitat Data (based on 64 records with habitat information)

no subhabitat data available

Structural Habitat Data (based on 93 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 89 records with habitat detail and method information)

Recorded management for locations with Walckenaeria capito

Recorded substrate and hydrology for locations with Walckenaeria capito


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