Acta Univ. Agric. Silvic. Mendelianae Brun. 2017, 65, 1279-1294
Published online 2017-09-01

Epigeic Spiders from Lowland Oak Woodlands in the South Moravia Region (Czech Republic)

Kamila Surovcová1, Ondřej Košulič1, Vladimír Hula2

1Department of Forest Protection and Wildlife Management, Faculty of Forestry and Wood Technology, Mendel University, Zemědělská 1, 613 00 Brno, Czech Republic
2Department of Zoology, Fisheries, Hydrobiology and Apiculture, Faculty of AgriSciences, Zemědělská 1, 613 00 Brno, Czech Republic

This paper presents spider faunistics from abandoned coppice oak forest stands located along the South Moravia region. Spiders were collected from May to July 2012 by pitfall trapping at eight different localities. We collected 1945 adult spiders representing 20 families, 53 genera, and 90 species. More than one-third of all the species are known to be xerothermophilous with ecological restrictions to open and partly shaded habitats such as forest-steppe and sparse forests which belong to endangered habitats along central Europe. The most abundant species were Pardosa alacris, P. lugubris and Arctosa lutetiana from the family Lycosidae. In the surveyed area, 24 species were found listed in the Red List of Threatened Species in the Czech Republic (CR – 1 species, EN – 2 species, VU – 15 species, LC – 6 species). In general, we discovered a substantially diversified spider community with a large presence of rare and endangered species characteristic for open and xeric habitats.


The research was performed and financially supported within the Specific University Research Fund of the FFWT Mendel University in Brno [Reg. Numbers: LDF_ PSV_2017004, LDF_PSV_2016004 and LDF_VP_2017023].


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