Steven Nanez: Arachnid

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Class: Insecta

Collectors: Mariam Sissoho, Steven Nanez, Ariel Nunez

Collection Method: Malaise trap

Location of collection: :Latitude: 33 degrees 58' 41.90"N, Longitude; 84 degree 1' 9.13"W

Date of collection: September 5-7, 2017

H' value: 2.5922

Morphological 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 major 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 Importance: Arachnid venom plays a large role in helping to treat diseases in humans. Spider silk has been known to be a very strong material, which encourages engineers to use similar aspects of spider silk for building and armor.

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