Spiders (Arachnida: Araneae) of the Shendurney Wildlife Sanctuary, Kerala, India


  • Zoological Survey of India, Prani Vigyan Bhawan, M-Block, New Alipore Kolkata – 700053, West Bengal
  • Zoological Survey of India, Prani Vigyan Bhawan, M-Block, New Alipore Kolkata – 700053, West Bengal




Araneae, checklist, new records, guilds, endemic, Western Ghats, protected area


The spider fauna of the Shendurney Wildlife Sanctuary of Kerala is documented based on the present collections and published records. A total of 79 species of spiders belonging to 53 genera and 16 families are recognized from the sanctuary. Among these spiders, 24 species are endemic to India, and two species, Clubiona melanosticta Thorell, 1890, and Oxyopes mirabilis Zhang, Yang & Zhu, 2005, are new records to India and South Asia as well. Most of the species of spiders (63%) belong to the families Araneidae and Salticidae. Analysis of guild structure recognized six feeding guilds, with orb-weavers being the most common, followed by stalkers and ambushers.


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Sudhin, P. P., & Sen, S. (2023). Spiders (Arachnida: Araneae) of the Shendurney Wildlife Sanctuary, Kerala, India. Records of the Zoological Survey of India, 123(2S), 409–420. https://doi.org/10.26515/rzsi/v123/i2S/2023/172533


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