Summary for Xysticus lanio (Araneae)

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National Distribution

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Xysticus lanio Copyright: Peter Harvey
Identification difficulty rating: 3
Name: Xysticus lanio
Authority: C.L.Koch, 1835
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Thomisidae
IUCN status: LC

Records: 690
First Record: 1872
Latest Record: 2023

1992-on hectads: 166
Pre-1992 hectads: 86
Total hectads: 223

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Recorded altitude range
1m to 250m

Species text

The species is widespread in southern and eastern England, with scattered records in the south-west, Wales and the north. It is widespread in western and central Europe.

Habitat and ecology
The only member of the genus usually to be regularly found on bushes or young trees in woodland, especially favouring young oaks. Adults of both sexes are found mainly between April and June, occasionally later.

Despite some reports in literature that this is a common spider, this species is generally scarce, but may be fairly common in woodlands in parts of the south. In some southern counties such as Essex, it is definitely rare. There is some evidence of decline in the last 30 years.

Loss of broadleaf woodland to agriculture and forestry development may have played a role in the decline of this species in the past but these threats are less prevalent today.

Management and conservation
Protect deciduous woodland from conversion to conifer plantations or arable.

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 281 records with adult season information)


background methodology

Broad Habitat Data (based on 249 records with habitat information)

Broad subhabitat Data (based on 18 records with subhabitat information)

Structural Habitat Data (based on 127 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 158 records with habitat detail and method information)

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Xysticus lanio Gloucs
Xysticus lanio Gloucs
Adult male Xysticus lanio
Adult male Xysticus lanio
Xysticus lanio
Xysticus lanio
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