Spider assemblage (arachnida: Araneae) in a riparian firefly sanctuary of sungai Chukai, Terengganu, Malaysia

Nur Athirah Abdullah, Izfa Riza Hazmi, Lailatul Nadhirah Asri, Norela Sulaiman, Azman Sulaiman, Shahril Mod Husin, Engku Muhamad Faris Engku Nasrullah Satiman

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Sungai Chukai is a riparian sanctuary for synchronize firefly population. In riparian ecosystem, spider acts as top-invertebrate predator influencing the food-web. A survey of spider was conducted in Sungai Chukai, Terengganu, Malaysia. The objective of this study was to identify the assemblage of spider in the riparian area. Samples were collected in six sampling occasions from December 2017 to May 2018 using sweep net at both day and night. Collection of samples was done at 20 sampling points along the riverbanks with an averaged interval of 200 meter between each point. A total of 149 spider individuals from seven families (Araneidae, Clubionidae, Oxyopidae, Salticidae, Sparassidae, Tetragnathidae and Thomisidae) and 26 morphospecies were successfully collected. The most abundant family was Thomisidae (50 individuals; 33.56%) followed by Sparassidae (49 individuals; 30.87%) and Salticidae (24 individuals; 16.11%). There is no significant difference (p>0.05) for spider population between night and day. Three spider guilds had been identified according to its foraging pattern which are the orb-weaver, running hunter and ambush hunter. There is strong positive correlation between Araneidae and Dysderidae, Oxyopidae and Salticidae while Dysderidae is negatively correlated with Thomisidae and Sparassidae. This study adds to the inventories of spiders in Peninsular Malaysia.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1361-1373
Number of pages13
JournalPertanika Journal of Tropical Agricultural Science
Volume42
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019

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Lampyridae
Arachnida
Malaysia
Araneae
Sparassidae
Araneidae
Thomisidae
Salticidae
Dysderidae
Oxyopidae
Clubionidae
Tetragnathidae
sampling
riparian areas
food webs
invertebrates
foraging
predators
ecosystems

Keywords

  • Firefly sanctuary
  • Peninsular Malaysia
  • Riparian
  • Spider

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agronomy and Crop Science

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Spider assemblage (arachnida : Araneae) in a riparian firefly sanctuary of sungai Chukai, Terengganu, Malaysia. / Abdullah, Nur Athirah; Hazmi, Izfa Riza; Asri, Lailatul Nadhirah; Sulaiman, Norela; Sulaiman, Azman; Husin, Shahril Mod; Satiman, Engku Muhamad Faris Engku Nasrullah.

In: Pertanika Journal of Tropical Agricultural Science, Vol. 42, No. 4, 01.01.2019, p. 1361-1373.

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Abdullah, Nur Athirah ; Hazmi, Izfa Riza ; Asri, Lailatul Nadhirah ; Sulaiman, Norela ; Sulaiman, Azman ; Husin, Shahril Mod ; Satiman, Engku Muhamad Faris Engku Nasrullah. / Spider assemblage (arachnida : Araneae) in a riparian firefly sanctuary of sungai Chukai, Terengganu, Malaysia. In: Pertanika Journal of Tropical Agricultural Science. 2019 ; Vol. 42, No. 4. pp. 1361-1373.
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