Summary for Zora nemoralis (Araneae)

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National Distribution

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Identification difficulty rating: 3
Name: Zora nemoralis
Authority: (Blackwall, 1861)
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Zoridae
National Rarity status: NR
IUCN status: VU, criteria: B2ab(ii,iv)

Records: 246
First Record: 1900
Latest Record: 2023

1992-on hectads: 14
Pre-1992 hectads: 17
Total hectads: 27

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Recorded altitude range
130m to 340m

Species text

Apart from one old record from Dorset, this is a mainly a northern species in Britain, recorded in Wales, northern England and Scotland. It is widespread in northern and central Europe.

Habitat and ecology
Z. nemoralis occurs among moss and heather in or near woods. Adults are found from May to September.

The spider is apparently very local, and has apparently declined significantly by more than 50% in the last 20 years.

The loss of semi-natural woodland to intensive forestry, and loss of ground-cover.

Management and conservation
Maintain moss and ground-cover in woodland.

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 185 records with adult season information)


background methodology

Broad Habitat Data (based on 23 records with habitat information)

no subhabitat data available

Structural Habitat Data (based on 145 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 198 records with habitat detail and method information)

Recorded management for locations with Zora nemoralis

Recorded substrate and hydrology for locations with Zora nemoralis


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