Doi
10.5431/aramit3406
Autor

Wijnhoven H, Schönhofer AL & Martens J

Jahr
2007
Titel

An unidentified harvestman Leiobunum sp. alarmingly invading Europe (Arachnida: Opiliones)

Titel übersetzt

An unidentified harvestman Leiobunum sp. alarmingly invading Europe (Arachnida: Opiliones)

Ausgabe

Heft 34

Seiten
27-38
Abstract

Since about the year 2000 a hitherto unidentified species of the genus Leiobunum C. L. Koch, 1839, has rapidly invaded central and western Europe. Records are known from The Netherlands (probably the country of first occurrence in Europe), Germany, Austria and Switzerland. This introduced species, until now, mainly inhabits walls of buildings and rocky environments. Adults characteristically aggregate during daytime into groups of up to 1.000 individuals. The species is described and details on its present distribution, habitat preference, phenology and behaviour are presented.

Keywords

aggregation; alien species; behaviour; central Europe; introduced species; invasion strategies; taxonomy