Money spiders, commonly found in European meadows, have been reported for the first time in the country from the Muthanga range of the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary.
About Money spider
- The species is called so as it is “believed to bring luck” to the person who comes in contact with it.
- The spider that belongs to the family of dwarf spiders ( Linyphiidae) under the genus Prosoponoides.
- It has been given the name Prosoponoides biflectogynus.
- Only six species of spiders belonging to this genus have been identified from across the world so far.
- It is the first report of this genus from India and hence no extensive studies have been conducted on this species of spiders in the country.
- They have also discovered ant-mimicking spiders, belonging to the group of jumping spiders, from the Mananthavady range. They belong to the family of Salticidae.
- The ant-mimicking spider has been named Toxeus alboclavus.
- Only three species of this genus have been reported from India, and this is the first species reported from the Western Ghats.
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