PRELIMINARY STUDY OF SPIDER DIVERSITY IN UITM NEGERI SEMBILAN KUALA PILAH CAMPUS FOREST RESERVE

  • NURSYAZNI ABDUL RAHIM UiTM CAWANGAN NEGERI SEMBILAN
  • Farida Hamimi Ahmad Dasran UiTM Cawangan Negeri Sembilan

Abstract

UiTM Negeri Sembilan Kuala Pilah Campus Forest Reserve was a lowland rainforest canopy located in Kampung Beting, Kuala Pilah, which hold various habitats for a wide range of organisms. Many of the species however were poorly known and documented. A preliminary study was therefore conducted to record the diversity of spider fauna in UiTM Kuala Pilah Campus Forest Reserve in two separate areas using three different methods which were hand picking, net sweeping and pitfall traps. The present study resulted in the documentation of a total of 85 samples of spiders from seven families (Araneidae, Ctenidae, Eutichuridae. Oxyopidae, Pholcidae, Salticidae and Sparassidae) and 13 genera. There were 29 individuals from four families collected from the Site A and 56 individuals from seven families collected from Site B in which Salticidae spiders had dominated both sites with 62% of total samples collected. The second dominant family was Araneidae which constituted 15% of the samples, followed by Ctenidae (6%), Oxyopidae (6%), Eutichuridae (5%), Sparassidae (4%) and Pholcidae (2%). The spider fauna of this ecosystem was qualitatively rich due to diverse microhabitats that represented the high flora and fauna diversity in UiTM Negeri Sembilan Kuala Pilah Campus Forest Reserve. The study did not, however, reflect the full spider inventory as less sampling period and area were conducted. Therefore, additional sampling activities and study periods are anticipated to submit to the inventory of the organisms.

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Published
2021-04-30
How to Cite
ABDUL RAHIM, NURSYAZNI; AHMAD DASRAN, Farida Hamimi. PRELIMINARY STUDY OF SPIDER DIVERSITY IN UITM NEGERI SEMBILAN KUALA PILAH CAMPUS FOREST RESERVE. Journal of Academia, [S.l.], v. 9, n. 1, p. 91-96, apr. 2021. ISSN 2289-6368. Available at: <https://myjms.mohe.gov.my/index.php/joa/article/view/11088>. Date accessed: 20 may 2024.
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