Recording some spider species in Al- Najaf, Iraq

Document Type : Research Paper


Department of Ecology and Pollution, Faculty of Science, University of Kufa, Iraq


A total of 93 Individuals of wild spiders were collected from June through September 2019, from different regions of Al-Najaf Province, Iraq. Five spider species were recorded, four belong to Araneae order: Plexippus paykulli (Audouin, 1825), Habronttus aestus Maddison, sp. n., Artema doriae (Thorell, 1881) and Loxosceles rufescens (Dufour 1820). One species belonging to order Solifugae is Galeodes arabs C.L. Koch, 1842. This is the first record of species H. aestus in Iraq. The results also showed that the highest rate of the appearance of H. aestus was 61.3%, while the lowest belonged to G. arab (4%).


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