Kvadráty: 7165 7162 6664 6964 7069 6868
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Eresidae 0-19001901-19501951-20002001-2018
Eresus moravicus (Řezáč, 2008) Criticaly endangered 12x 12x

Eresus moravicus (Řezáč, 2008)

Czech namestepník moravský
Threat levelCriticaly endangered
Records12 nálezů, 6 kvadrátů
First record 1941, F. Miller, Řezáč et al. 2008
Last record 2018 , Radek Šich
Distribution areaEuropean - Pan. [Pan.]
Phytogeographic areaThermo
Původnost stanovišťclimax
Humidityvery dry
StratumGround layer
Osvětlení stanovišťopen
Hojnost výskyturare


© Ota Zimmermann

Habitat selection in sedentary, long-lived burrowing spiders is a key life-history event that directly affects their reproductive success. In this study, we analyzed the role of the chemical and physical properties of soil in habitat selection by threatened temperate burrowing spiders. We examined 296 burrows of three Atypus spp. and three Eresus spp. at 68 sites in Czechia. We found that the study species were associated with soils that have high or very high cation exchange capacity, which allows the presence of a stable nd humid microclimate in their burrows. We found that specific bedrock types can be used as predictors of the presence of particular study species. All Eresus spp. avoided compacted soils. However, when present in soils with very low penetration resistance, they were limited to sites with high soil cohesion. The burrows of all study species were located at well-drained sites. The study species seemed to be selective for a steppe-like character of their microhabitat but not necessarily for its southward orientation. We found the study species even at sites where steppes were present in the early 1950s and that underwent later afforestation but not extensive landscaping or plowing. What types of disturbances can be sustained by the study species and how long it takes the decreased populations to recover after, e.g., trampling associated with grazing, remain to be investigated.

© Ota Zimmermann

Ladybird spiders (Eresus spp.) have attracted scientific interest since the 18th century, but taxonomical knowledge of the genus is unsatisfactory. Early classification based on colour and size variation divided European Eresus into numerous species. These were later lumped into one predominant morphospecies, Eresus niger/E. cinnaberinus, which could be found from Portugal to Central Asia. Here, we perform a major revision of Eresus from northern and central Europe using morphological, phenological, habitat, distribution and molecular data. Three species, Eresus kollari, Eresus sandaliatus and Eresus moravicus sp. n. were distinguished. The name E. niger (originally Aranea nigra) cannot be used as the name A. nigra was used for a previous spider species. The name E. cinnaberinus is considered a nomen dubium. The three species differ in size, colour pattern, shape of prosoma and copulatory organs, phenology, and have slightly different habitat requirements. No morphologically intermediate forms were recorded. In contrast to distinct morphology and phenology, the genus is genetically complex. Genetically, the mitochondrial haplotypes of Eresus sandaliatus and Eresus moravicus sp. n. are monophyletic, whereas those of Eresus kollari are paraphyletic. Eastern central European Eresus kollari is likely a hybrid lineage between Eresus sandaliatus and the monophyletic western central European Eresus kollari. Because eastern and western European Eresus kollari are morphologically and phenologically indistinguishable, we did not formally split them. However, detailed population-based research in the future may partition Eresus kollari into additional species.


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By collecting method (9 used records)
Eresus moravicus (Řezáč, 2008) CRMalesFemalesJuvenilesRecords
Individuální sběr4105

By biotope (6 used records)
Eresus moravicus (Řezáč, 2008) CRMalesFemalesJuvenilesRecords
Skalní stepi na vápencových podkladech9001
travnaté stepi11102
lesostepní doubravy1102

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