1 Tahrcountry Musings: England- The Return of the “Extinct” Spider

Monday, November 22, 2010

England- The Return of the “Extinct” Spider

Conservationists in England are an elated lot. The Rosser's sac spider, thought to be extinct in the UK has been photographed for the first time. The discovery was made at Chippenham Fen in Cambridgeshire. 

The light brown spider was first discovered in the 1950s and had slowly disappeared mainly due to changing farming practices. It's a member of the clubionid family of spiders who like to hunt their prey rather than catch them in a web.

The rediscovery was made by spider enthusiast Ian Dawson and the first photograph was taken by Peter Harvey.

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