Association of spiders and lichen on Robben Island, South Africa

Show simple item record Mukherjee, Aeshita Wilske, Burkhard Navarro, Rene A. Dippenaar-Schoeman, Anna S. (Anna Sophia), 1948- Underhill, Les G.
dc.contributor.editor Cervancia, Cleofas R. 2011-06-14T08:25:44Z 2011-06-14T08:25:44Z 2010-04
dc.description.abstract The present study is a first record of spider occurrence on Robben Island, South Africa. Some habitats were rich in lichens. As we know, lichens enhance wildlife habitat in less direct ways. The objective of the study was to examine the potential importance of lichens in enriching spider diversity and abundance. A total of 260 spiders (170 from lichens and 90 from bush) were collected following the visual search method over one year. Seasonal trends in overall species richness and abundance indicated that the relative density of spiders was greater in lichens than in bushes. The result suggests that habitat structure, such as branch size and epiphytic lichen abundance, can be an explanation for the greater number of spiders in lichen-rich patches of the island. en
dc.description.sponsorship AM is thankful to the ADU, University of Cape Town for all the support and financial help during the course of study. en
dc.identifier.citation Mukherjee, A., B. Wilske, R.A. Navarro, A. Dippenaar-Schoeman & L.G. Underhill (2010). Association of spiders and lichen on Robben Island, South Africa: a case report. Journal of Threatened Taxa 2(4): 815-819. en
dc.identifier.issn 0974-7893 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 0974-7907 (online)
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Wildlife Information Liaison Development en
dc.rights © Aeshita Mukherjee, Burkhard Wilske, Rene A. Navarro, Ansie Dippenaar-Schoeman & L.G. Underhill 2010. Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License. JoTT allows unrestricted use of this article in any medium for non-profit purposes, reproduction and distribution by providing adequate credit to the authors and the source of publication. en
dc.subject Lichens en
dc.subject Visual search en
dc.subject.lcsh Spiders en
dc.subject.lcsh Lichen communities en
dc.subject.lcsh Robben Island (South Africa) en
dc.title Association of spiders and lichen on Robben Island, South Africa en
dc.type Article en

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