Hunting for Unicorns
At our December members evening we were expecting to hear from entomologist Peter Smithers with his short talk entitled "Hunting for Unicorns". Unfortunately transport issues meant he was unable to get to us that evening, however he is keen to get his message to us:
Here in the SW we have two arachnids that are exceedingly rare; the money spider known as The Horrid Ground Weaver ( Nothophantes Horridus ) and the Hedgehog harvestman (Centetostoma bacillifererum) both have only been recorded from limestone habitats around the city of Plymouth. In Plymouth they have been recorded from woodlands, quarries and abandoned railway lines.
As we have a fair amount of limestone in the Bristol area there is a chance that these arachnids may be present on our doorstep.