Recently, researchers have discovered a new species of spider from the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary and a new species of millipede from the University of Calicut campus, Tenhipalam.
About the species of spider
- Carrhotus tholpettyensis, the new species of spider was found from the moist deciduous forest of Tholpetty range of the wildlife sanctuary in Western Ghats, a robust biodiversity hotspot.
- This nocturnal jumping spider retreats to hide under leaves during day time and comes out only in the night for feeding.
- So far 287 species of jumping spiders are reported from India.
- It has been named after the forest range Tholpetty from where it was collected.
- This new species, named as Delarthrum anomalans, belongs to the family Paradoxosomatidae, a group of minute millipedes.
- These flat millipedes live under leaf litter. They hide beneath the soil during the span of the dry period and resurface only in the wet season
- A total of 275 species of millipedes are reported from India till this day.
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