Invasion Biology

Thursday, January 18, 2007

NEW BABOON SPIDER SPECIES DISCOVERED IN KRUGER NATIONAL PARK

Martin Paulsen and Ian Engelbrecht have discovered a new species of baboon spider (Ceratogyrus paulseni) at Letaba region of the Kruger National Park. They said that the baboon spider comes from four different genera and it is difficult to tell the genera that the baboon spider may fall into. The baboon spider has a horn on its cephalothorax and the horn is similar to the common horned baboon spider (Ceratogyrus becaunichus). This discovery makes one to think about evolution and whether everything is still evolving. The discovery of the baboon spider forms part of the researches of South African National Survey of Arachnids (SANSA) headed by Dr Ansie Dippenaar-Schoeman of the Agricultural Research Commission (ARC). They are trying to discover and describe an inventory of the South African arachnoid fauna. There about 220 species of arachnoids found in Kruger National Park which are known. Kyle Harris, a C•I•B student is conducting a masters (M.sc) research on the “effects of alien invasive plants on spider assemblages within the KNP” [1].

[1]. http://academic.sun.ac.za/cib/news_new_baboon_spider_species.htm

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