Argiope pulchella Thorell, 1881 (Araneidae: Araneae): A potential synanthropic species
Sangeeta Das, Nilutpal Mahanta, Jatin Kalita
Species living in close association with human being acquire direct or indirect benefits from them. Altered landscapes due to anthropogenic activities create new microhabitats for species that cohabits with human. Such species occurs at high disturbance level but may or may not act as synanthropic species. Argiopepulchella Thorell 1881, commonly known as garden orb weaver is widely distributed in Assam. This paper attempts to recognise A. pulchella, as a potential synanthropic species. We recorded a total of 67 A. pulchella in the study area of which 90% of adults, 86% of sub adults and 83% of juveniles were found in human altered habitats types such as roadside drains and domestic sewage, garbage dump areas, roadside areas, forest areas, forest edge and garden areas. The study reveals that A. pulchella generally established in peri-domestic habitats which qualifies this species as a synanthropic species which tend to closely associate with human.