By: Ansie S Dippenaar-Schoeman(Author), Stefan R Foord(Author), Charles R Haddad(Author)
134 pages, 600 colour photos, b/w illustrations
Spiders of the Savanna Biome is the first to provide information on the spider families, genera and species found in the Savanna Biome, a biome where 308 endemic species are found.
This information will be valuable to researchers, conservation agencies, students, school children, farmers, as well as tourists visiting the region.The aim of Spiders of the Savanna Biome is to review our present knowledge of spider diversity in the Savanna Biome in South Africa in terms of their ecology, distribution and species richness, and to provide:
- Descriptive characters for the families, genera and species
- Information on their guilds and behavior
- Photographs and drawings to illustrate the taxa
- Glossary and further reading
Spiders are also good indicators of general ecosystem health because they are generalist predators and are therefore not dependent on the presence of a few, specific animal or plant species. They are, however, sensitive to general features of an ecosystem, e.g. habitat structure and disturbance. Their varied dispersal abilities and life cycles make them excellent indicators of short-term changes as well as long-term health of an ecosystem.
Spiders of the Savanna Biome is the first to provide comprehensive information on the spider families, genera and species found in the Savanna Biome. A total of 23739 records from 1260 localities representing 1230 species have so far been recorded in the South African Savanna Biome.
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