New record of spiders fauna of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, (Aranei; Sparassidae; Pholcidae) Pakistan

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New record of spiders fauna of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, (Aranei; Sparassidae; Pholcidae) Pakistan

Pir Asmat Ali, Muhammad Zahid, Abida Butt
Int. J. Biosci.9( 6), 247-252, December 2016.
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Present study was conducted from 2014 to 2015 in different regions of North Western parts of for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa adjacent Tribals areas (FATA) of Pakistan to explore the biodiversity of spiders (Araneae: Arachnida) in this part of the country. Our findings are introduction of new fauna to Pakistan. Spiders Samplings were conducted by hand picking sweep nets and pitfall during different periods of year mostly April to October of 2014 and 2015.The specimens were analyzed under stereomicroscope and compound microscope, while genetalia were removed and draw or taken picture for comparing to exact identification. The family sparasbsidae and Pholcidae (Araneae: Arachnida) although have reported fauna but Species Cross oprizamaculipes (Spassky, 1934) and Oliossanguinifrons (Simon 1906) are first time recorded in Pakistan, as previously reported from adjacent countries India, Afghanistan and Turkmenistan. Our study will impel taxonomist to future Taxonomical work can multiply our unknown biodiversity of arenas.


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