(syn. Ersus niger ). Recent research has shown that the Eresus species recorded from Britain is not E. niger (Petagna) but E. sandaliatus (Merrett & Murphy, 2000). Currently recorded from a single site in Dorset.
A single legendary record exists from Kynance Cove in 1932 (Bristow, 1956). Although this record is unconfirmed it has been generally accepted due to the detailed description given by the observer. This species has not been recorded in Cornwall since and may now be extinct.
Habitat & Ecology
Occurs on dry sandy heathland with patches of bare ground, in which it excavates a
small burrow which is lined with a silkentube. The retreat terminates in a small web on the surface of the ground.
Kynance Cove is part of the Lizard National Nature Reserve. Listed (long list) as a globally threatened/declining species (BSGR, 1995).