African Harvestman spreads in Ireland

Dicranopalpus ramosus, a species of harvestman introduced to Ireland that appears to be making its way northwards. Recorded during recent survey work in Clonakilty, Cork and Mount Mellery, Waterford, where it seems to like the walls of B&Bs ... post full Irish breakfast records ! (Distribution map courtesy of NBDC).

The species has a characteristic way of sunning itself on walls with legs held together, and what looks like a pair of pincers (actually modified pedipalps) that help distinguish it from Irish harvestman species. (Originally the species originates from Morocco, from where it spread to Europe. It reached Britain by 1957 and Scotland by 2000. 

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