Group 3, Araneae Spring 2016

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Meagan Coleman- Araneae Species 1

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Location: Latitude: 33°58'56.2" N, Longitude: 84°00'06.2" W

Date of Collection: February 6th, 2016

H’ Value for GGC 4: 2.256948328

Distinguishing Features: Arachnids consists of two body parts, a cephalothorax and an abdomen, and usually have eight eyes, however some species have less. Spiders have four pairs of legs, fangs, and an adaptation, which is used for spinning silk called a spinneret. This is found at the end of the abdomen.

Ecological Importance: Spiders plays a huge role in controlling insect populations, as insects are their main type of food source. Some spiders consume other species of spiders, thus, controlling the arachnid population as well. In addition, spiders are the prey of many predators creating a main food source for others.

Economic/Agricultural/Health Importance: Arachnid venom plays a large role in helping to treat diseases in the human world. Spider silk has been known to be a very strong material, which encourages engineers to use similar aspects of spider silk for building.


Meagan Coleman- Araneae Species 2

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Location: Latitude: 33°58'56.2" N, Longitude: 84°00'06.2" W

Date of Collection: February 6th, 2016

H’ Value for GGC 4: 2.256948328

Distinguishing Features: Arachnids consists of two body parts, a cephalothorax and an abdomen, and usually have eight eyes, however some species have less. Spiders have four pairs of legs, fangs, and an adaptation, which is used for spinning silk called a spinneret. This is found at the end of the abdomen.

Ecological Importance: Spiders plays a huge role in controlling insect populations, as insects are their main type of food source. Some spiders consume other species of spiders, thus, controlling the arachnid population as well. In addition, spiders are the prey of many predators creating a main food source for others.

Economic/Agricultural/Health Importance: Arachnid venom plays a large role in helping to treat diseases in the human world. Spider silk has been known to be a very strong material, which encourages engineers to use similar aspects of spider silk for building.


Allison Claybrook- Araneae Species 3

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Location: Latitude: 33°58'56.2" N, Longitude: 84°00'06.2" W

Date of Collection: February 6th, 2016

H’ Value for GGC 4: 2.256948328

Distinguishing Features: Arachnids consists of two body parts, a cephalothorax and an abdomen, and usually have eight eyes, however some species have less. Spiders have four pairs of legs, fangs, and an adaptation, which is used for spinning silk called a spinneret. This is found at the end of the abdomen.

Ecological Importance: Spiders plays a huge role in controlling insect populations, as insects are their main type of food source. Some spiders consume other species of spiders, thus, controlling the arachnid population as well. In addition, spiders are the prey of many predators creating a main food source for others.

Economic/Agricultural/Health Importance: Arachnid venom plays a large role in helping to treat diseases in the human world. Spider silk has been known to be a very strong material, which encourages engineers to use similar aspects of spider silk for building.



Alex Menkes- Araneae Species 4

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Location of collection:  Lat: 33°58'56.2" N Long: 84°00'06.2" W

Date of collection: February 2016

H’=2.25695

Distinguishing morphological features of Order:

 4 pairs of legs, two discernible body sections  Spinnerets, and a set of fangs  Four pairs of eyes, although some species may have less

Ecological Importance:

 They function as food for many prey.  Keep arthropod and insect populations in check.  Silk may be used in industrial and textile applications.

Economic/agricultural/human health importance:

 Vegetation in agriculture  Food Chain  Pest control

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