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Int. Journal of Life Sciences, 2018; 6(4): 937-947      |                 Available online, December 23, 2018

A preliminary study on spider diversity and distribution in Goalpara district of Assam, India


Al Faruki Ahmed


Research Scholar, Department of Zoology, University of Science & Technology, Meghalaya (USTM), Techno City, Kiling Road, Baridua, 9th Mile, Ri-Bhoi, Meghalaya-793101

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Received: 23.10.2018   | Accepted: 29.11.2018      |   Published: 23.12.2018

A preliminary study was conducted to document spider diversity in Goalpara District, Assam state in India. The study was conducted from January to May 2018. A total of 37 species of spiders belonging to 12 families were identified from the study area. The species were identified using keys for Indian spiders from Tikader 1987; Platnick 2011. The spiders impose natural check on insect pest populations. Methodology included active searching at all layers from ground level to tree canopy layer accessible easily for hand collecting and visual surveys. Randomly selected study sites and have taken 10 political areas and in each area’s 3 plots were selected. Amongst the families, the Araneidae was the most abundant (14 species) with orb weavers being the dominant guild type. A guild structure analysis of the spiders revealed eight feeding guilds such as Orb weavers, Ground hunters, Ambusheus, Ground runners, Stalkers, Space web builders, Branch dwellers, Foliage hunters.


Keywords: Spider, species diversity, guild structure, Goalpara District, Assam, India


Editor: Dr.Arvind Chavhan


Cite this article as:

Al Faruki Ahmed (2018) A preliminary study on spider diversity and distribution in Goalpara district of Assam, India, Int. J. of. Life Sciences, Volume 6(4): 937-947. 


Conflicts of interest: The authors stated that no conflicts of interest.



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