Another nice write-up about the meeting by Prasanna Parab.
2nd SpiderIndia meeting
!!! Congratulations Paris Basumatary, Bodoland University, Assam on publishing the report (BAS Newsletter 142-10-13) of second SpiderIndia meet in the Newsletter of the British Arachnological Society !!!
Knowledge about biodiversity does not seep easily from research papers to general public in the age when biodiversity conservation is priority. To alleviate this knowledge gap, along with Vijay Barve, Florida Museum of Natural History, I use social networking and database platforms to document spiders, beginning with India [example: SpiderIndia Facebook group (>7,000 members)].
SpiderIndia was initiated in September of 2005 as a citizen science community to learn about spiders of Indian subcontinent. As initial communications channeled, the group decided to use Yahoo groups. Main focus of the group was to help citizen scientists in identifying spiders using their observations from the field. The membership was around 400 in 2011, when the community started migrating to the Facebook community. Since July 2012, SpiderIndia group of India Biodiversity Portal was initiated and then the SpiderIndia iNaturalist project was launched to capture Indian Araneae data systematically in one place. To bring the group together for personal interactions and exchange, SpiderIndia meets were initiated in 2016 in Kolkata and are conducted annually.
Below is a downloadable checklist of Indian spiders and an excerpt of their amazing diversity. Please inform if you notice any discrepancy.
Spiders of India checklist updated until March 2019 (download)
Click on any image for slideshow and more information.
Oecobius species, commonly found in wall corners in India.
Female crab spider Platythomisus octomaculatus discovered during the citizen science initiative to document spiders in Assam. Photo: Vijay Anand Ismavel.
Tylorida mamorea spider is recorded to remain ~14 mins under water. These spiders construct webs over perennial streams in the Western Ghats, India. Photo: Atul Vartak.
A yet unreported web of an Uloboridae spider
Parawixia dehaani, Araneidae. Photo: Atul Vartak
Epocilla species. Photo: Atul Vartak.
Female Meotipa sahyadri in its typical posture. Photo: Atul Vartak.
Larinia species. Photo: Atul Vartak.
Female of Oxyopes shweta with egg case. Photo: Atul Vartak
Oxyopes bharatae, the name mostly comes from the tricolour flag of India seen on this spider.
Eriovixia species with egg cases. Photo: Atul Vartak.
The popular female of red-backed black widow spider with its egg cases from Kaas plateau, India. This is the one to blame that motivated me to learn about spiders!
Tylorida striata from Gujarat, India. Photo: Atul Vartak.
Asemonea species. Photo: Atul Vartak.
Female bird dung spider Phrynarachne species from Assam, India. Note the colour variation within the same species. Photo: Vijay Anand Ismavel.