Acta Univ. Agric. Silvic. Mendelianae Brun. 2014, 62, 991-1005
Published online 2014-12-02

Araneofauna of the Křéby National Nature Monument (Eastern Moravia, Czech Republic) with some notes to conservation management of the locality

Ondřej Košulič

Department of Forest Protection and Wildlife Management, Faculty of Forestry and Wood Technology, Mendel University in Brno, Zemědělská 1, 613 00 Brno, Czech Republic

This paper makes a faunistic contribution to knowledge of spider composition in the xerothermic habitats of the Křéby National Nature Monument which is located in Kroměříž district, eastern Moravia. Spiders were collected by four different methods during 25 April–28 October 2013: pitfall traps, sweeping of herb vegetation, individual collecting and beating the branches of shrubs and trees. In total, 1070 individuals (865 adult spiders) were collected and identified as 114 species of 19 families. The species diversity in the Křéby area is rather high, representing approximately 13% of Czech araneofauna. Of the identified species, five are listed in the Red List of Threatened Species in the Czech Republic. These included critically endangered Dysdera hungarica Kulczynski 1897, endangered Alopecosa solitaria (Herman, 1879), Cheiracanthium montanum (C. L. Koch, 1877) and vulnerable Lathys stigmatisata (Menge, 1869) and Haplodrassus dalmatensis (L. Koch, 1866). The findings of Alopecosa solitaria and Dysdera hungarica belong to the northernmost occurrence of these rare species in the Czech Republic. In general, the great richness of spider fauna and the occurrence of rare and threatened species for Czech region confirm the high biotic value of the investigated area. In addition, the author discussed management methods of the locality and suggest management conservation system for slowing down the succession rate on overgrown places.


First of all, many thanks go to Vladimír Hula (Mendel University in Brno, Brno), Jan Dolanský (East Bohemian Museum, Pardubice) and Milan Řezáč (Crop Research Institute, Prague) for determination and revision of hardly identifiable taxons of spiders. For the help in laboratory, I express my thanks to Kamila Surovcová (Mendel University in Brno, Brno). Last but not least thanks belong to Šárka Mašová (Masaryk University, Brno) and Pavel Macháň (Mendel University in Brno, Brno) for help with collecting of spiders and Jaroslav Košulič for improving the English of the paper. This research was performed within the project “Implementace soustavy NATURA 2000 na územích v péči AOPK ČR a jejich monitoring”, which was supported by the European Regional Development Fund. Author was financially supported by the Internal Grant Agency of Mendel University (TP7/2014) and European Social Fund and the state budget of the Czech Republic, Project Indicators of Trees Vitality Reg. No. CZ.1.07/2.3.00/20.0265.


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