Dispatch from the field: Ecology of ground-webbuilding spiders with description of a new species (Araneae, Symphytognathidae)

Jeremy A. Miller*, Menno Schilthuizen, Jennie Lilliendahl Burmester, Lot van der Graaf, Vincent Merckx, Merlijn Jocqué, Paul Joseph Antonius Kessler, Tom Maurice Fayle, Thijmen Breeschoten, Regi Broeren, Roderick Bouman, Wan Ji Chua, Frida Feijen, Tanita Fermont, Kevin Groen, Marvin Groen, Niels Kil, Henrica A. de Laat, Michelangelo Sergio Moerland, Carole MoncoquetElisa Panjang, Amelia Joyce Philip, Rebecca Roca-Eriksen, Bastiaan Rooduijn, Marit van Santen, Violet Swakman, Meaghan N. Evans, Luke J. Evans, Kieran Love, Sarah H. Joscelyne, Anya Victoria Tober, Hannah F. Wilson, Laurentius N. Ambu, Benoit Goossens

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Crassignatha danaugirangensis sp. n. (Araneae: Symphytognathidae) was discovered during a tropical ecology field course held at the Danau Girang Field Centre in Sabah, Malaysia. A taxonomic description and accompanying ecological study were completed as course activities. To assess the ecology of this species, which belongs to the ground-webbuilding spider community, three habitat types were surveyed: riparian forest, recently inundated riverine forest, and oil palm plantation. Crassignatha danaugirangensis sp. n. is the most abundant ground-web-building spider species in riparian forest; it is rare or absent from the recently inundated forest and was not found in a nearby oil palm plantation. The availability of this taxonomic description may help facilitate the accumulation of data about this species and the role of inundated riverine forest in shaping invertebrate communities.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere1076
JournalBiodiversity Data Journal
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 26 Mar 2014


  • Borneo
  • Crassignatha
  • Disturbance
  • Inundation
  • Oil palm plantation
  • Riparian forest
  • Riverine forest
  • Tropical field course


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