Epigeic spiders as ecological indicators of conservation value for peat bogs

  title={Epigeic spiders as ecological indicators of conservation value for peat bogs},
  author={Alan G. Scotta and Geoff S. Oxfordb and Paul A. Seldena},
  • Alan G. Scotta, Geoff S. Oxfordb, Paul A. Seldena
  • Published 2005
Raised and basin bogs are in serious decline throughout the western Palaearctic. There is a need for a monitoring protocol that would signal changes in the habitat and the biota it supports. Spiders (Araneae) are a group of predators containing many bog specialist species, some of which are of Red Data Book status. Twelve-month continuous trapping in 11 basin bogs in Cheshire (western England) established the species present, their phenology, and relative abundance. Data were combined with… CONTINUE READING
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