Diversity of Spiders in Kukrail Reserve Forest, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India
Spiders belong to order Araneae of Class Arachnida and phylum Arthropoda. The present study was carried out to investigate the diversity of spiders in Kukrail Reserve Forest, located in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India. Kukrail Reserve is a subtropical dry deciduous forest, covering an area of 5,000 hectare, located on the co-ordinates N-26054’ 399’, E-080 59’ 046’.The study was conducted from December 2013 to September 2014. During the study a total of 61 Spider species were identified belonging to 45 genera & 16 families. Out of this, majority of spiders were belonging to family Salticidae followed by Araneidae. Total species reported here represents about 25% of total spider families found in India.