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Microhabitats of pholcid spiders (araneae: pholcidae) in Mt. Kitanglad Agri-Ecological and Techno-Demo Center, Imbayao, Bukidnon, Philippines – JBES

Eddie P. Mondejar, Olga M. Nuñeza

Department of Biological Sciences, MSU-Iligan Institute of Technology, Philippines

Key words: Broad-leaf, Leaf-litter, Rock crevice, Spathiphyllum sp., Species-specific.

Abstract

This study was conducted in Mt. Kitanglad Agri-Ecological and Techno-Demo Center, Brgy. Imbayao, Malaybalay, Bukidnon. The study aims to determine the microhabitats of pholcid spiders. Using Cruising method combined withvisual search, pholcid spiders were searched on the underside of broad-leaf plants, buttresses, between rock and rock crevices, fallen logs, forest floor litter, and other possible microhabitats. Fourteen microhabitats were identified. Leaf litter and understory plant were the most species-rich with moderate diversity of pholcid spiders. High species richness of pholcid species was found between the paired microhabitats of bamboo sheath and understory plant, with degree of complementarity or distinctness value of 100%. This indicates that pholcid spiders tend to be more species-specific in the selection of microhabitats.

Get the original articles in Source: Archive for | JBES |- February, 2016

Journal Name: Journal of Biodiversity and Environmental Sciences (JBES)

Published By: International Network for Natural Sciences

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