International Journal of Entomology Research

International Journal of Entomology Research


International Journal of Entomology Research
International Journal of Entomology Research
Vol. 7, Issue 5 (2022)

Rediscovery of endangered Salem ornamental tarantula Poecilotheria formosa pocock, 1899 (Aranae: Theraphosidae) from Southern Eastern Ghats of Tamil Nadu, India


Kishore R, Dailiah Roopha P

Poeciiotheria formosa is an endangered theraposid known only from the type locality Kadiampatti and Mullapuram near Sheveroy Hills in the Salem District, Tamil Nadu. It was thought to be restricted to Sheveroy Hills in the Eastern Ghats. During a faunal survey in 2019, the Salem ornamental tarantula P.formosa was rediscovered outside of its known range from Madurai District about 265km south of the type locality. The present record extends its known distribution range further towards the southern part of India. They are scarcely recorded in their known type locality and have been pushed towards the edge of extinction due to habitat destruction and various anthropogenic activities.
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Kishore R, Dailiah Roopha P. Rediscovery of endangered Salem ornamental tarantula Poecilotheria formosa pocock, 1899 (Aranae: Theraphosidae) from Southern Eastern Ghats of Tamil Nadu, India. International Journal of Entomology Research, Volume 7, Issue 5, 2022, Pages 1-4
International Journal of Entomology Research