Inhabit damp but well-drained moss and liverwort mats that grow on completely shaded rocks or boulders in mature, high-

elevation coniferous (red spruce and Fraser fir) forests. Cannot tolerate extremes of moisture, and excessive gain or loss of moisture within body. The mats cannot be too dry (it is very sensitive to desiccation) or too wet (large drops of water can also pose a threat to it). As a result, it builds tube-shaped webs in interface between mat and rock surface (although sometimes extends into interior of mat) to control amount of moisture within surroundings. Tubes are thin-walled and typically broad and flattened with short side branches.

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