28 August 2012
Sabacon is out at present (and will be at least well into the winter, with young instars in Spring) and it would be good if more records could be made. It is small (body size, excluding legs, =<5mm) but distinctive with a vaguely brick-coloured body and blue-grey legs and, especially withs its `boxing-glove` pediplaps.
At first-and on unsubstantiated grounds- it was suggested by one of the early recorders (not the initial discoverer, though) that Sabacon was an introduction, as it was recorded near a quarry. As remarked previously, I suspect that it belongs to that suite of taxa that colonised the British Isles directly along the Atlantic seaboard, rather than via the `traditional` SE (North Sea/Dover etc) route. Anyone undertaking surveys in SW England and Eire ought to look out for this harvestman.
I thank Barry Stewart for his excellent photos - as he told me, he has now been afflicted by the `opilio-virus` (for which there is no known cure!).