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Spiders belonging to Thomisidae family named after Telangana state

Apr 9, 2015 17:17 IST

The spiders belonging to the Thomisidae family in the first week of April 2015 were named after Telangana state. The spiders have been named as Telangana crab spider (Thomisus telanganensis).

Due to structural resemblance to crabs, these crabs are called as crab spiders. These spiders are also known as flower spiders, as they lie in wait for prey on flowering plants.

These crabs were discovered by two researchers from the Zoology Department of Osmania University, namely, G.B. Pravalikha and Chelmala Srinivasulu during their expedition at Nagnur in Karimnagar district.

The finding of the discovery was published in the Journal of Threatened Taxa, an International Journal of Conservation and Taxonomy. The study of the spiders was supported by grants from the Science and Engineering Research Board, Union Department of Science and Technology, and the University Grants Commission

About Telangana crab spider
• They closely resembles to Thomisus labefactus, a spider variety that is well known in Japan.
• These spiders do not weave webs like traditional spiders
• They attack prey all of a sudden and immobilize them with their venom
• The species is important for the ecosystem as they act as bio-controlling agents and help in keeping insect population under control
• They are between 3 mm and 23 mm in size
• Theur colour varies from bright and colourful to dull
• Usually found in plants, shrubs, grasses, flowering plants, leaf litter and sometimes under stones


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