Preliminary Survey for Spiders on Nevis, West Indies

Jo-Anne Nina Sewlal, Christopher K. Starr

Abstract


During January 2006, we spent two weeks on the is­land of Nevis with the aim of collecting a substantial part of the spider fauna in a broad variety of habitats. Nevis is a compact oceanic island with an area of 93 km2, situated in the northern Lesser Antilles 17o10’N 62o35’W. It is relatively topographically simple, with a gradual rise on all sides from the shore to a central peak at 985 m. Nevis has a range of natural and secondary habitats that include montane forest, elfin woodland, palm brake, grassland, coastal scrub, dry woodland and farmland (Robinson and Lowery 2000).


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