Six spider species discovered across the country
Arahnologists from the Centre for Animal Texonomy and Ecology (CATE), Christ College, irinjalakuda, have discovered six new species of spiders from across the country.
The n ew species of spiders were found from the Garo hills in Meghalaya, the Thar desert of Rajasthan, Wayanad Wildlife sanctuary Kottappara hills near Kothamangalam, Thumboormuzhi butterfly garden near Athirappilly, and the University of Calicut campus, according to Sudhikumar A.V., Head, Department of Zoology, Christ College, who led the team. The other members of the team are Rishikesh Balkrishna Thripathi, Sudhin P.P., Shilpa K.R. and Amulya Baji, who are research scholars of CATE, Christ College.
“Studies conducted on the Garo hills of Meghalaya result in the first spotting of the genus Siamspinops from India with a new species Siamspinops garoensis. This belongs to the family of flat spiders, Selenopidae. This spider lives in the crevices of rocks on hills. The yellowish brown spider measures about 10 mm in length. There is a black circle around its eyes and black patches on the abdomen,” Dr. Sudhikumar said.