A Preliminary Survey for Spiders on Grenada, West Indies

Jo-Anne Nina Sewlal

Abstract


During a two-week period in 2008, a wide variety of habitats on the island of Grenada, West Indies were surveyed for the presence of spiders. Contrary to the results of previous surveys in the Eastern Caribbean, Grenada exhibited a higher species richness in natural habitats. Members of the families Araneidae and Tetragnathidae comprised of almost half the species found. Some 12 localities were surveyed from 11 habitats, including six man-made habitats. Ten families representing 22 species were collected.

Key words: Spiders, Grenada, Araneidae, Barychelidae, Mimetidae, Oxyopidae, Pholcidae, Salticidae, Sparassidae, Tetragnathidae, Theridiidae, Thomisidae.


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