Karthick Muniraj, Priyanka Saha, Shreya K, Ashwini V and Sumangala Rao
Study was conducted during 2021-22 to find the Spider abundance and Diversity in Yercaud Hills. The major crops grown are Coffee and flower crops. Spiders were collected from dry mixed deciduous, grassland trees capes coffee plantations and flower crops by following standard techniques and they were identified. From the collection, from the survey, a total of 467 spider individuals were collected in different locations of Yercaud hills covering 41 species belonging to 14 families. Maximum number of individuals (12) was collected from coffee plantation and the minimum in human settlement (5). Among the various locations surveyed, 12 no. of species was recorded from the family Araneidae followed by Salticidae (1) and Tetragnathidae (2).
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