Biodiversity of spiders in different habitats of Western Haryana, India
Vinay Malik and Vivek Goyal
The biodiversity study of spiders was carried out from Sirsa, Fatehabad and Hisar districts of Western Haryana, India from May 2015 to June 2016. In total 45 species, belonging to 29 genera, from 12 families were identified, accounting 2.6% of Indian spider species, 6.6% of Indian spider genera and 20% of Indian spider families on the basis of distinguishing morphological characters and structure of the genitalia. The spiders were collected and identified from different habitats, in all seasons, during the study period. The dominant families were Salticidae (10 sp), Araneidae (7 sp) and Thomisidae (6 sp). According to guild structure ground runners, orb weavers, stalkers, ambushers and sheet web weavers spiders were revealed. This preliminary study gives base line information about the spider’s diversity from unexplored Western Haryana.