Agelenids of the World

Systematics and Taxonomy of Agelenidae, a Worldwide distributed Spider Family

Contribution a l'etude de l'ecosysteme foret claire (Miombo) au Shaba (Zaire). Note 32: Strategie, effectif et biomasse des araignees en Miombo

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:1979
Authors:F. Malaisse, Benoit P. L. G.
Journal:Revue de Zoologie Africaine
Date Published:1979
ISBN Number:0035-1814
Keywords:Africa, Afrotropical region, Animal constructions, Araneae (Arachnida)., Araneae [Biomass / / Seasonal variation] [Ecological niche / /, Ecological strategies & biomass]., Ecology, Land zones, position, strategies & biomass] [Webs / / ] [Congo-Kinshasa / / Shaba

Nine principal types of ecological niches were distinguished within the spider population of Zambezian open woodlands. Monthly values of the number and biomass of spiders of the herbaceous stratum of an open woodland in the environs of Lubumbashi were noted. Values observed in the open woodland were between those of Sahel savannas and sub-Guinean savannas. Analysis of the relative importance of various families of the herbaceous stratum of the Sahba open woodland indicated a great similarity with that of the Ivory Coast preforest savanna. More than 20 spp. are considered. Of the Opiliones, the principal family of spiders was Asamiidae. Of the Araneae, the principal families were Lycosidae, Araneidae, Salticidae, Thomisidae, Oxyopidae, Loxoscelidae, Zodariidae, Drassidae, Mimetidae, Ctenidae, Pisauridae, Agelenidae, Theridiidae, Sparassidae, Clubionidae, Palpimanidae, Tetragnathidae and Pholcidae.

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