Dicranopalpus ramosus (Simon, 1909)
This Harvestman is a relatively new species to the UK. Originally of Mediterranean origin, Dicranopalpus ramosus is still relatively rare in the UK. It is on the increase, although records in more northern areas of the country are few. It was first recorded at Sherwood Forest CP in 2002 and is still occasionally found on the visitor centre buildings and easily identifiable by it's characteristic resting posture. We recorded our first on the wall of the tourist information centre at Sherwood Heath in September 2009, but then found another at Market Warsop Church and six on a wall at Barn Owl Close, Market Warsop.
Dicranopalpus ramosus female, photographed at Sherwood Heath SSSI in September 2009   Dicranopalpus ramosus male, photographed at Market Warsop in September 2009
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Dicranopalpus ramosus
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Howard Williams. Sherwood Forest Trust (2008 Oak Tree Heath invertebrate survey). Netherfield Wildlife Group. Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. Pauline Bradford. K N A Alexander (Invertebrate assemblage condition at Birklands and Bilhaugh SSSI and Birklands West and Ollerton Corner SSSI survey reports 2009-10).

You can contribute your own records to help us gain an accurate status of this species in Nottinghamshire. Send an Excel spreadsheet of your records via the 'contact us' link at the top of the homepage.

Updated November 2014

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