We welcome contributions from anyone with an interest in wildlife. Our aim is that the blog will be used for sharing sightings, photographs, events, and any other aspects of natural history interest in the East Glamorgan area of Vice County 41. This covers Bridgend, Rhondda Cynon Taff, Merthyr Tydfil, Vale of Glamorgan, Cardiff and the western part of Caerphilly.
Southern Marsh Orchids
Wednesday, 2 October 2013
Nelima gothica in Barry
I found a Harvestman which turned out to be Nelima Gothica in the garden of the house I am renovating in Barry. According to Hillyard's excellent Synopsis of Harvestmen it appears to have a preference for the coast.The easiest diagnostic feature for this species are the rows of black spicules and spines running front to back along each side of the top of the ocularium.
According to both the Spider Recording Scheme and the NBN Gateway there are few records of this species from Glamorgan. Like many other arachnids it is likely to be under-recorded; I also found it in my garden at home in 2012.
Acknowledgement: Spider Recording Scheme/British Arachnological Society (2012) Website and on-line database facility Permalink: Link