International Journal of Zoology Studies

International Journal of Zoology Studies


International Journal of Zoology Studies
International Journal of Zoology Studies
Vol. 6, Issue 6 (2021)

A study on the status and diversity of spiders in shanthukadu sacred grove, Nagapuzha


Aruna Mathew

Sacred groves are community-based repositories of biological diversity. They are landscape with typical geographical features and are protected based on religious practices and faith. This study aims to analyze the spider species abundance in Santhukadu sacred grove, at Nagapuzha village. Spiders were collected during the winter season from the sacred groove during December 2017-February 2018. Specimens were collected twice in a month. Different collection methods used for the study were opportunistic observation and quadrat sampling method. A total of 30 species of spiders coming under 26 genera belonging to 11 families were sighted from Santhukadu sacred grove. The identified families were Aranaeidae, Lycosidae, Oxyopidae, Salticidae, Tetragnathidae, Theridiidae, Thomisidae, Hersiliidae, Sparassidae, Pholcidae, Corinnidae. Spider diversity was remarkably low in the winter season than rainy season. In the rainy season the species richness is remarkably high, but in the summer season the species diversity lower than the winter season. The webs are different in each family. The study highlights the winter season diversity and role of the spiders in the sacred groves.
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Aruna Mathew. A study on the status and diversity of spiders in shanthukadu sacred grove, Nagapuzha. International Journal of Zoology Studies, Volume 6, Issue 6, 2021, Pages 10-13
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