First distribution record of spider fauna (Aracnida: Araneae) in Navegaon National Park (NNTR) Gondia Maharashtra
SV Bhandarkar, GT Paliwal
The paper presents a study on the diversity of spiders in Navegaon National Park of NNTR Gondia. Navegaon National Park is an important biodiversity conservation area in Gondia district of Maharashtra. Many of the other biological reports are known from this area except on spiders. The study was undertaken as an opportunistic survey for spiders in Navegaon National Park during the period from Jan. 2012 to Dec. 2017. Spider species were observed and identified with the help of standard literature. This study is aimed towards contributing to the biodiversity atlas for further management and development strategies. A total of 20 species belonging to 16 genera and 9 families were recorded from the study area. Among all these 9 families, high diversity was observed in the family Salticidae (6 species) while Sparassidae (3 species), Araneidae (3 species), Nephilidae (2 species), Tetragnathidae (2 species) Lycosidae (1 species) Hersillidae (1 species) Oxyopidae (1 species) Pholcidae (1 species).