During a research project on ground beetles in a nature reserve called ‘het Groote Meer’ in the Dutch province Noord-Brabant a new spider species was discovered recently. This spider, Zelotes aeneus, is new to the Dutch environment, but has already been spotted in Belgium regularly.
The spiders’ habitat exists of rocks and humus on a rocky bedding and prairies with low vegetation. The place the spider has been found, is part of a cross border park called ‘de Zoom Kalmthoutse Heide’. The Dutch nature conservation foundation ‘Natuurmonumenten’ is working together with Belgian colleagues to increase, improve and join the moorland with drift sand areas. The finding of the spider is a perfect example of the effect of connecting nature reserves, which allows animals to expand their territory. (Source: website Natuurmonumenten)