International Journal of Entomology Research

International Journal of Entomology Research


International Journal of Entomology Research
International Journal of Entomology Research
Vol. 6, Issue 3 (2021)

New distributional record of Neoheterophrictus crurofulvus (Araneae: Mygalomorpheae) from Western Ghats Kerala


Karthika K, Aswathy S, Sunil Jose K

The genus Neoheterophrictus is endemic to the western ghats of India, hence the first record of Neoheterophrictus crurofulvus described in this article by Udumbannor Western Ghats, Kerala. This species is similar to the genus Heterophrictus Pocock 1900 and Plesiophrictus Pocock 1899; differs by a double tibial spur. Similar to Neoheterophrictus smithi in the double tibial spur, but can be separated by the lack of a long, slender spine at the base of the primary apophysis. The Western Ghats of India stretches over few states, the chances of flora and faunal distribution is uncertain. Since this woodland range is intertwined, there is a possibility of faunal and floral intermixing. Hence the species N.crurofulvus was first discovered in Karnataka, but it is also possible to find it in Kerala. Here we are providing a new distributional report of species N.crurofulvus. Illustrations, pictures and natural history are included.
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Karthika K, Aswathy S, Sunil Jose K. New distributional record of Neoheterophrictus crurofulvus (Araneae: Mygalomorpheae) from Western Ghats Kerala. International Journal of Entomology Research, Volume 6, Issue 3, 2021, Pages 61-64
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