FLORA AND FAUNA ISSN 2456-9364(Online) 0971-6920(Print)
2020 Vol.26 No.2 PP 279-288
Studies on Diversity of Spider Fauna in Ahmednagar District, Maharashtra State, India
A. R. Gawali1, G. S. Pande and *R.D. Gawali1
Department of Zoology,
B. P. H. E. Society’s Ahmednagar College,
1Department of Zoology,
K.J. Somaiya College of Arts, Commerce and Science,
*Corresponding Author : Email : rdgawali@gmail.com
The order Aranae of class Arachnida has a special value in the studies of ecology as it serves as a biological indicator. The main objective of the present study was to findout the diversity and characteristics of spiders from Ahmednagar district. The study on diversity of spider was conducted from various collection sites such as Kopargaon, Madhi Bk, Kumbhari (Godavari River area), Faria bag, Pimpalgaon Malvi, Dongargan, Mahatma Phule Krishi Vidyapeeth, Rahuri and Kolhar. The 108-specimen spiders were collected from various sites. The spider specimen collected were photographed, observed, identified and classified with the help of Zoological Survey of India, Pune. Out of 60 specimens identified, belong to 09 families and 18 genera.

Key words : Biodiversity, Biological indicator, Ecology, Godavari River, Spider.
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