Thursday, 14 July 2011

Wolf Spider - Xerolycosa nemoralis

    Family - Lycosidae
    Genus - Xerolycosa
    A new Lycosid for me.
    I sent this photograph to Peter Harvey of the
    British Arachnological Society and Spider Recording Scheme.
    This is what he had to say:
    "A wolf spider typically found on sparsely vegetated areas with litter
    and bark or comparable. The dune species X. miniata can be very similar,
    but is pretty strictly a dune spider. X. nemoralis is Nationally scarce,
    but can be abundant in suitable habitat areas on southern heathlands".

    Found on very dry terrain at the edge of a Heathland that is being restored.
    Pulborough Brooks RSPB Nature Reserve
    West Sussex
    Click HERE for Spider Recording Scheme summary of Xerolycosa nemoralis

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