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Feeding and Circadian Behaviour of Spiders (Aranae: Arachnida) in the Sugarcane Fields of Matiari and Hyderabad Districts, Sindh

Feeding and Circadian Behaviour of Spiders (Aranae: Arachnida) in the Sugarcane Fields of Matiari and Hyderabad Districts, Sindh

Samina Malik1, Tahira Jabeen Ursani1, Naheed Mehmood Soomro1, Naeem Tarique Narejo2, Jawaid Ahmed Khokhar1* and Asif Soomro1

1Department of Zoology, University of Sindh, Jamshoro-76080, Pakistan; 2Department of Fresh Water and Fisheries, University of Sindh, Jamshoro, Pakistan.

 
*Correspondence | Jawaid Ahmed Khokhar, Department of Zoology, University of Sindh, Jamshoro-76080, Pakistan; Email: jawaid.khokhar@usindh.edu.pk

ABSTRACT

Feeding and circadian behavior of spiders occurring in two agricultural districts of Sindh, Pakistan were investigated over a four-year period from 2015-2018. Sample size was 2808 specimens which were arranged into 25 species, 15 genera and ten spider families. After analyzing the data from growing to harvesting of sugarcane, two spider guilds were identified on the basis of feeding and circadian behavior. Assemblage of spiders in the sugarcane filed studied under the umbrella of guild study clearly indicate that spiders are voracious predators and excellent biological control agents. Circadian rhythm is necessary for the adaptation in the environment. In present research diurnal behavior was more frequently found as compared with nocturnal.

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Journal of Innovative Sciences

June

Vol. 8, Iss. 1, Pages 1-145

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