IUCN SSC Mid-Atlantic Island Invertebrates Specialist Group

Species

BackPholcus dentatus Wunderlich, 1995

Pholcus dentatus Wunderlich, 1995

  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Arthropoda
  • Class: Arachnida
  • Order: Araneae
  • Family: Pholcidae
DD Data Deficient
IUCN Red List Status:

Countries of Occurrence:
Portugal - Madeira

Archipelago(s):
Madeira

Reviewer/s:
Henriques, S. & Russell, N.

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Assessment Rationale:

Pholcus dentatus is only known from two sites separated by 25 km in the northern coast of Madeira Island, Portugal. This species is assessed as Data Deficient (DD) due to the lack of knowledge on its distribution, ecology and possible threats. More research is needed in order to assess its extinction risk.

Geographic Range:

Pholcus dentatus is known from only two sites separated by 25 km in the northern coast of Madeira Island (Portugal) between 300 and 450 meters elevation, Fonte da Pedra and Ribeira da Janela (Wunderlich 1995). The species EOO and AOO are unknown.

Regions:
Portugal - Madeira
Extent of Occurrence (EOO):
(km2)
Area of Occupancy (AOO):
(km2)
Elevation Lower Limit:
300 (m)
Elevation Upper Limit:
450 (m)
Biogeographic Realms:
Palearctic
Presence:
Extant
Origin:
Endemic Madeira
Seasonality:
Resident

Population:

There is no information available about population size or trends for the species.

Habitat and Ecology

The habitat of the species was never specified and is therefore unknown. The ecology of Pholcus dentatus is unknown but it is almost certainly a tangle-web builder feeding on small arthropods.

Major Threat(s):

Possible threats to this species are unknown.

Conservation Actions

No specific conservation measures are in place for the species and it is not known to occur in any protected area. Basic information is needed on its distribution, ecology and possible threats.