Did you Know?
  • Feeding on shrubs, the Spiny-tailed Lizard never drinks water and is capable of changing colour with body temperature, turning from black to white or yellow as the lizard warms up

Spiders of an open desert eco-systems

The Arachnid Survey in the DDCR was done over several days. 99 specimens was collected during the survey comprising a total of Nine Families; Araneidae, Eresidae, Gnaphosidae, Lycosidae, Oxyopidae, Pholcidae, Saticidae, Sparassidae, and Zodariidae. The specimens that were not confirmed were sent off for further identification. A total of nine locations were visited during the summer months and two of these locations were revisited in the middle of November, where the abundance was much lower than in the summer. Spiders were found in many different habitats but the large diversity and abundance was collected on the irrigated gravel plains, this will indicate that the spiders prey species are more prevalent. The Evippa arenaria was most prevalent and dominant spider species on the survey area