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25 Jul, 2015

Six spiders species found

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New spider species imageResearchers at the Biodiversity Research Centre of Christ College, Irinjalakuda, claim to have spotted six previously unknown six species of spiders at Harithavanam. The investigating team had carried out the study coinciding with the World Environment Day. The spiders spotted include Argyrodes, which comes from the family of black widow; two other species belonging to the genus Tetragntha; Trachelas, a member of ant-mimicking spiders characterised by the presence of eight diamonds like sparkling eyes located in the anterior part of dark brown head; and a Dendrolycosa. which feeds only on insects in water bodies. There are white lines in the brown coloured body and prominent spines on the legs. The eight eyes are located in two rows of inverted U-shaped pattern

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