A Preliminary Survey for Spiders on St. Eustatius, West Indies


  • Joe Morpeth 37 Limethwaite Road, Windermere, Cumbria, LA23 2BQ, United Kingdom
  • Jo-Anne Nina Sewlal Department of Life Sciences, University of the West Indies, St Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago
  • Christopher K. Starr Department of Life Sciences, Faculty of Science and Technology, The University of the West Indies


Anapidae, Araneidae, Barychelidae, Clubionidae, Corinnidae, Filistatidae, Gnaphosidae, Lycosidae, Mimetidae, Miturgidae, Mysmenidae, Ochyroceratidae, Oecobiidae, Oxyopidae, Pholcidae, Salticidae, Scytodidae, Sicariidae, Sparassidae, Tetragnathidae, Theridiidae, Theridiosomatidae, Thomisidae, Theraphosidae


Three photographic surveys were conducted during the period; 2010 to 2011, 2013 and 2014, and supplemented by physical sampling for a one-week period in January 2015, in a wide variety of habitats on the island of St. Eustatius, West Indies, for the presence of spiders. Seventeen localities were surveyed from 15 habitats, including five man-made habitats. Twenty-four families representing 53 species were collected. Members of the family Araneidae comprised almost a quarter of the species found. More species in natural than in human-made or highly disturbed habitats.





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