A Key for Identification of Spiders at Qena Governorate, Upper Egypt
American Journal of Life Sciences
Volume 3, Issue 6-1, November 2015, Pages: 13-23
Received: Jul. 21, 2015; Accepted: Jul. 22, 2015; Published: Sep. 2, 2015
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Ahmad H. Obuid-Allah, Zoology Department, Faculty of Science, Assiut University, Assiut, Egypt
Amal A. Mahmoud, Zoology Department, Faculty of Science, South Valley University, Qena, Egypt
ElAmier H. M. Hussien, Zoology Department, Faculty of Science, South Valley University, Qena, Egypt
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Abstract
Spiders are one of the more diverse arthropod taxa, ranking seventh in global diversity, which makes them a fascinating group to study [1]. The correct identification of many spider species is considered problematic due to complex variation in morphology [2]. The Egyptian spider fauna are incompletely known due to scarcity of studies on this group especially in Upper Egypt. So, the present key for identifying terrestrial spiders at Qena Governorate is a part of a comprehensive study conducted at the region to study the ecology and taxonomy of this group. The present key was designed to facilitate identification of terrestrial spiders at Qena Governorate using their morphological characteristics. Samples of spiders were collected during a period of one year (from February, 2012 till January, 2013) from six different sites covering Qena governorate. Qena (15-260 N, 32-500 E) is located at Upper Egypt about 600 Km south of Cairo and 60 Km north of Luxor and 260 Km west of the Red Sea. Climate of Qena is hot, dry in summer and cold in winter. It rarely rains. Also, it receives a large quantity of solar radiation; especially in summer. Sampling methods of spiders included hand picking, sweep net and pitfall trap. Survey results revealed the occurrence of 14 families that included 23 genera and 23species. The present key for the collected families and species was designed and illustrated using taxonomic characteristics of each species.
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Systematic Key, Spiders, Qena Governorate, Upper Egypt
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Ahmad H. Obuid-Allah, Amal A. Mahmoud, ElAmier H. M. Hussien, A Key for Identification of Spiders at Qena Governorate, Upper Egypt, American Journal of Life Sciences. Special Issue:New Horizons in Basic and Applied Zoological Research. Vol. 3, No. 6-1, 2015, pp. 13-23. doi: 10.11648/j.ajls.s.2015030601.13
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