Vol. 3, Issue 4 (2018)
Cyrtophora noorani and Cyrtophora citricola (Araneae, Araneidae: Cyrtophorinae) new species and a new record from Sindh, Pakistan
Author(s): Tahira Jabeen Ursani, Jawaid A Khokhar, Samina Malik, Asif Raza Soomro
Abstract: Spiders are carnivorous and miscellaneous arthropods. They devour 50 times the number of prey then their body weights hence are best tool for biological control. There are 110 families, 3859 genera and 42751 species in world. The effort on spiders from Sindh, Pakistan is not appropriate. For this, an wide appraisal was conceded out in diverse vicinities of the Sindh (lies between 23o to 35o and 28o-30o, north latitude and 66o to 42o to 71o-37o, degree east longitude) during the year 2006 - 2010. Reported exertion is an ingredient of that survey. The Cyrtophora noorani, new species and Cyrtophora citricola (Forskal, 1775) a new record, their body measurements and a brief description of the diagnostic characters have been described first time as a new work from Sindh, Pakistan. Presented material is Cyrtophora noorani, (Qasimabad (Hyd.), 1♀, 1♀ 1mm, 08-VI-09 (J. I. Chandio) and new record Cyrtophora citricola (Forskal, 1775) Qasimabad, 4♀, 1♂ lmm, 11-VI-10 (T.J. Chandio); same data but, 2♀, 11-VII-09 (P.Chandio); Jamshoro, 1♀, 19-VII-2009 (Abdullah). The specimens were processed in Petri dishes wrapped up in alcohol with a layer of fine sand /glass beads/black paraffin was spread in the bottom of the dish for the holding and positioning of the specimen. The specimen was vigilantly manipulated with the help of a pair of forceps to evade the pierce of abdomen. The identification of specimens was done comprehensively examined under binocular dissecting microscope and with the facilitated of keys and description given in literature (Kaston, 1978; SGNART, 2005 and other relevant literature of neighboring Asian countries).