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Gravelyia boro : New underground spider species discovered in Assam
New species of underground spiders have been discovered in the Jharbari range in Assam.
- Gravelyia Boro
- Dexippus kleini
The species of spiders have been described in the Acta Arachnological published by the Arachnological Society of Japan.
Gravelyia Boro, key points :
- The Gravelyia boro, discovered first time, belongs to the Nemesiidae family.
- It comprising 184 species worldwide.
- They have been found in Chirag Reserve Forest.
- The burrow spider lives underground, about 10-15 cm below the sandy-loamy surface.
- The burrows with an opening up to 1 cm wide were under the cover of some herbs and shrubs.
Dexippus kleini, key points :
- Dexippus kleini belongs to Salticidae.
- It has the largest family of all spiders on the planet.
- Dexippus kleini is an oriental jumping spider.
- It has been recorded for the first time after it was originally described 129 years ago by Swedish arachnologist, Tord Tamerlan Teodor Thorell.
- The spider was discovered by him about 2,600 km away in Sumatra.
- The jumping spider, typical of its kind, is a slow mover but capable of jumping up to 25 mm in length to hunt its prey.
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