New spider species discovered in India

This is a video of a lapwing on the nest, by Shirishkumar Patil, in Melghat Tiger Reserve, India.

From the Times of India:

New spider found in Melghat

18 Nov 2007, 0024 hrs IST

Archana Sharma, TNN

MUMBAI: A new species of spider has been discovered in Amravati’s Melghat Tiger Reserve. The yet unnamed spider is different because of its arch-shaped thorax, which tapers down to two lobes at the posterior end.

The one centimetre-long insect was found during an extensive study conducted recently by a group of 30 research students from Amravati University and Nature Conservation Society. It was found in Sipna wildlife division during an October expedition to record spiders in Melghat.

It took one and a half months to confirm the find. More than 115 species from 19 families have been recorded by the research students.

G N Vankhede, the head of zoology at the university, told TOI, “I have the world literature on spiders and I went through every species to co-relate with our find. But none matched the spider we found. It’s a female spider and a hunt is on for its male counterpart.”

A spider, as G N Vankhede knows, but his interviewer apparently does not, is not an insect, as it has eight, not six, legs.

A new genus and species of Cyphophthalmi (Arachnida: Opiliones) from the north-eastern states of India: here.

2 thoughts on “New spider species discovered in India

  1. well Dr G N Vankhede did nt found its male counterpart? that s surprizing?If he/she has found 115 species but not the male counter prt of the new species? I tried to search G N Vankhede on net and found that he is practically working in all feilds that includes environmental science,
    pesiculture,taxonomy, molecular biology, immunology, etc.if we have a expert of all why didnt we got noble for him. Zoological survey of india should check his work or is it just a cheap publicity.


  2. Dear r k sinha, thanks for commenting. Quite often in systematic biology, new species are described based on just one specimen. After which, it may take sometimes many years to find a second individual, let alone one of the opposite sex. This is even true for relatively big animals like birds. Let alone for spiders, relatively small; where often males are much smaller than females.

    Maybe that G N Vankhede is credited with so many publications in different fields of biology has to do with being department head, though maybe research students etc. did most of the work. That is how things often work in many countries.


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