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Species Account for Nigma puella

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Nigma puella  (Simon, 1870)
Araneae: Dictynidae

Nigma puella

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National status: Nb
Essex RDB: Listed
Threat: Regionally Important

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Nigma puella
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Taxonomic group: spiders (Araneae) - County data   
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Species text
The spider is very local and is restricted to south of a line from Suffolk to Glamorgan. In Essex it has an interesting distribution, apparently confined to an area near the coast where it is reasonably frequent. The spider occurs on low broad-leaved bushes and shrubs in hedgerows and gardens, but also sometimes in scrub and open woodland. It spins a small web on the surface of leaves. Open surroundings seem to be important. The excessive trimming and loss of hedgerows are likely to threaten this species. Where the species occurs on hedgerows between arable fields the spider and its potential prey are presumably threatened by spray drift from pesticides. The retention of wide field edges and headlands should be encouraged to help maintain a diverse invertebrate fauna and reduce the effects of spray drift on hedgerows and at the edge of woodland. Management should prevent the closure of scrub and woodland. References

Species text last edited on Tue Mar 20th 2007 by user 3


Broad Habitat Data (based on 16 records with habitat information)

Broad subhabitat Data (based on 1 records with subhabitat information)

Structural Habitat Data (based on 23 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 26 records with habitat detail and method information)

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