Money spider, ant-mimicking spider discovered at Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary
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A money spider found in European grasslands has been spotted in the Muthanga range of Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary for the first time in the country by researchers from Christ College (Kerala).
Researchers have also discovered ant-mimicking spiders belonging to the group of jumping spiders from the Muthanga range.
About Money Spider
The money spider belongs to the family of dwarf spiders under the genus Prosoponoides.
It has been named Prosoponoides biflectogynus.
So far only six species of spiders belonging to this genus have been identified worldwide.
Male and female money spiders are usually 3 mm to 4 mm long.
Both males and females are dark brown in colour with irregular silver and black spots on their oval belly.
Females build triangular webs between dry tree twigs and feed on small insects, while males prefer to hide under dry leaves.
Two or more males can be found in the web of a single female spider.
About Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary
It was established in 1973.
Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary (Kerala) is an integral part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve.
The Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve was the first biosphere reserve in India to be included in the UNESCO-designated World Network of Biosphere Reserves in 2012.
Other wildlife parks that come under this reserve include Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary, Bandipur National Park, Nagarhole National Park, Mukurthi National Park and Silent Valley.
The Kabini River (a tributary of the Kaveri River) flows through this sanctuary.
Other major sanctuaries that have been in discussion recently
Ramgarh Vishdhari Tiger Reserve (Rajasthan) - 52nd Tiger Reserve of the country has been declared.
Khijadiya Bird Sanctuary (Gujarat) - designated as a wetland site of international importance under the Ramsar Convention.
Aravalli Biodiversity Park (Haryana)- India's first “Other Effective Area-Based Conservation Measures” (OECM) site has been declared.
Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve (Madhya Pradesh) - India's first hot air balloon wildlife safari launched.
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