Summary for Saloca diceros (Araneae)

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National Distribution

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Identification difficulty rating: 3
Name: Saloca diceros
Authority: (O.P.-Cambridge, 1871)
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Linyphiidae
National Rarity status: NS
IUCN status: LC

Records: 107
First Record: 1900
Latest Record: 2022

1992-on hectads: 26
Pre-1992 hectads: 27
Total hectads: 49

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Recorded altitude range
4m to 280m

Species text

S. diceros is fairly widespread in a band from Wales across central and southern England and East Anglia, mainly towards the eastern side of the country, but with a cluster of records in Dorset. The species is uncommon in western and central Europe.

Habitat and ecology
S. diceros occurs among moss and litter in damp broad-leaved woodland, including carr in fens, often in wet hollows. Adults of both sexes are found from October to June, females also in July.

The spider is abundant at some sites. It is probably under-recorded because of its minute size and rather unusual habitat of wet litter, but definitely local.

The loss of damp broad-leaved woodland to intensive forestry, and perhaps drainage at some sites.

Management and conservation
Maintain damp woodland. The growth of carr in fens is beneficial to this species.

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 31 records with adult season information)


background methodology

Broad Habitat Data (based on 38 records with habitat information)

Broad subhabitat Data (based on 3 records with subhabitat information)

Structural Habitat Data (based on 18 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 23 records with habitat detail and method information)

Recorded management for locations with Saloca diceros

Recorded substrate and hydrology for locations with Saloca diceros


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