Summary for Lepthyphantes beckeri
About this speciesRecorded altitude range
England and Germany.
Habitat and ecology
Not yet established.
The status of this species is not yet clear. Only three specimens are known, all female, one from Germany, one from Leicestershire (both from ancient deer parks) and a third from Huntingdonshire. The first was collected in 1953 by a trap set in a small clearing in a park near Berlin and described in 1973 (Wunderlich 1973). The second was found in leaf litter at the base of a stone wall within the ruins of Bradgate House in Bradgate Park (Crocker and Daws 1996). The third was from a garden in 2011. In spite of further searching no more specimens have been found. However, when captured, all three specimens were carrying a well-developed ectoparasitic larva and it has been suggested that, as a result of this, all three specimens have been subject to biochemical modification and are, in fact, aberrant forms, probably L. tenuis. Clearly more information is needed, such as the capture of males and evidence that breeding populations exist, before the status of this taxon can be established.
Too little is known of the status and ecological requirements of this species for threats to be known.
Management and conservation
No current recommendations.
Text based on Dawson, I.K., Harvey, P.R., Merrett, P. & Russell-Smith, A.R. (in prep.). References
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