Countries of Occurrence:
Portugal - Madeira
Henriques, S. & Russell, N.
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Dysdera diversa is endemic to the humid, high-altitude Laurisilva forest of Madeira Island (Portugal). This species has a restricted geographic range (the extent of occurence (EOO) and area of occupancy (AOO) both have a maximum estimate of 644 km²). However, it is assessed as Least Concern (LC), since there are no current threats to it and the population seems to be stable throughout its range. More research on the distribution as well as the population trends is needed to confirm the species status.
Dysdera diversa is known only from high altitude areas of laurisilva forest (above 800 m) on the island of Madeira (Portugal). A single record is published on the original description without a precise locality (Blackwall 1862). Two more records are recent and to be confirmed and were used on an attempt to model the species distribution (Cardoso et al. 2017).
No population size estimates exist, but the population is assumed to be stable since the preferred habitat area and quality is stable.
Dysdera diversa is a habitat specialist for the high altitude laurisilva forest of Madeira Island, living on the soil. The diet of D. diversa is unknown, although most congeners are specialized hunters feeding on woodlice.
There are no known threats to this species.
No specific conservation measures are in place for this species, but all the species range is inside the Madeira Natural Park. As few localities are known for the species, basic research on species distribution should be made. Monitoring of population trends should be conducted to confirm species status.