Dicranopalpus ramosus (Simon, 1909)
This Harvestman is a relatively new species to the UK. Originally of Mediterranean origin, Dicranopalpus ramosus has rapidly increased its range and is now found as far north as Scotland. Nottinghamshire’s first record seems to have been from Sherwood Forest CP in 2002, but this is now one of our most widespread Harvestmen. Dicranopalpus ramosus was once an easily identified Harvestman, but there are now new difficulties following the revalidation of Dicranopalpus caudatus (Dresco, 1948) as a seperate species. D. caudatus was formerly considered a synonym of D. ramosus and has been recorded from the UK.
Juvenile (presumed) Dicranopalpus ramosus photographed at Sherwood Forest CP July 2022.
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). Sean Tobin. Wil Heeney. Meg Skinner. Sean Tobin. Mike Hill. Trevor and Dilys Pendleton (Sherwood Forest Invertebrate Directory 2014). NBGRC. David Shaw. Brian Wetton.

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Updated November 2022

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