List of spiders of Sri Lanka

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Sri Lanka is a tropical island situated close to the southern tip of India. The invertebrate fauna is as large as it is common to other regions of the world. There are about 2 million species of arthropods found in the world, and still it is counting. So many new species are discover up to this time also. So it is very complicated and difficult to summarize the exact number of species found within a certain region.

The following list is about Spiders found in Sri Lanka.


Holocneminus multiguttatus of family Pholcidae from Sri Lanka

Spiders (order Araneae) are air-breathing arthropods that have eight legs and chelicerae with fangs that inject venom. Anatomically, spiders differ from other arthropods in that the usual body segments are fused into two tagmata, the cephalothorax and abdomen, and joined by a small, cylindrical pedicel. Unlike insects, spiders do not have antennae. In all except the most primitive group, the Mesothelae, spiders have the most centralized nervous systems of all arthropods, as all their ganglia are fused into one mass in the cephalothorax. Unlike most arthropods, spiders have no extensor muscles in their limbs and instead extend them by hydraulic pressure.

As of November 2015, at least 45,700 spider species,[1] and 114 families have been recorded by taxonomists. However, there has been dissension within the scientific community as to how all these families should be classified, as evidenced by the over 20 different classifications that have been proposed since 1900.[2]

When considering the spider diversity in South Asia, which includes India, Pakistan, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Maldives, and Sri Lanka, there are not much extensive spider taxonomy has revealed. Only in India, there is a precise catalogue of spiders are documented by arachnologists. All the other South Asian countries, the scientific study is much lesser than that of India. In Sri Lankan spider fauna, most of the articles and publications on spiders were done by Eugène Simon, C.L. Koch in the past and currently by Channa Bambaradeniya, K. B Ranawana, V. A. M. P. K Samarawickrama and Ranil P. Nanayakkara.[3] However, most of them were interested on tiger spiders of Sri Lanka - genus Poecilotheria,[4][5] not much work done in other spider categories.[6]

In 2012 IUCN National Red List of Sri Lanka, much more comprehensive study on spiders and other local fauna had taken place. Afterwards, two books named An introduction to common Spiders of Sri Lanka and Tiger Spiders - Poecilotheria of Sri Lanka by Ranil P. Nanayakkara were published on 2014 and 2013 respectively.[7] Numerous publications and checklists have been made up since then and curiosity about the arachnid fauna arose in the country.[8][9][10] Three new jumping spiders were identified in 2016.[11]

The following list provide the spiders currently identified in Sri Lanka. This works has influenced by the works of above named arachnologists accompanied with the checklist by Manju Siliwal and Sanjay Molur's detailed checklist of spiders of South Asia including 2006 revision of Indian spider checklist. This checklist provided all the described spider species of South Asia and part of South-East Asia as well.[12]

Currently, Sri Lanka has 387 species of spiders belongs to 45 families and 213 genera. Out of these 387 species, 275 are endemic spiders to Sri Lanka with 22 endemic genera.[13]

Endemic species are denoted as E.

Family: Agelenidae[edit]

- Araneomorph funnel weavers

Family: Araneidae[edit]

- Orb weavers

Family: Barychelidae[edit]

- Brushed trapdoor spiders

Family: Clubionidae[edit]

- Club Sac spiders

Family: Corinnidae[edit]

- Corinnid sac spiders

Family: Ctenidae[edit]

- Wandering spiders

Family: Dictynidae[edit]

- Irregular web weavers

Family: Dipluridae[edit]

- Funnel-web tarantulas

Family: Eresidae[edit]

- Velvet spiders

Family: Eutichuridae[edit]

- Eutichurid spiders

Family: Hahniidae[edit]

- Dwarf sheet spiders

Family: Hersiliidae[edit]

- Tree trunk spiders

Family: Idiopidae[edit]

- Armored trapdoor spiders

Family: Linyphiidae[edit]

- Sheet weavers

Family: Liocranidae[edit]

- Sac spiders

Family: Lycosidae[edit]

- Wolf spiders

Family: Mimetidae[edit]

- Pirate spiders

Family: Mysmenidae[edit]

- Cryptic orb-weavers

Family: Nesticidae[edit]

- Scaffold web spiders

Family: Ochyroceratidae[edit]

- Ochyroceratid six-eyed spiders

Family: Oonopidae[edit]

- Goblin spiders

Family: Oxyopidae[edit]

- Lynx spiders

Family: Palpimanidae[edit]

- Palp-footed spiders

Family: Philodromidae[edit]

- Running crab spiders

Family: Pholcidae[edit]

- Cellar spiders

Family: Phrurolithidae[edit]

- Phrurolithid sac spiders

Family: Pisauridae[edit]

- Nursery web spiders

Family: Psechridae[edit]

- Horizontal web-weavers

Family: Salticidae[edit]

- Jumping spiders

Family: Scytodidae[edit]

- Spitting spiders

Family: Segestriidae[edit]

- Tube-dwelling spiders

Family: Sparassidae[edit]

- Huntsman spiders

Family: Stenochilidae[edit]

- Ecribellate silk-weavers

Family: Tetrablemmidae[edit]

- Armored spiders

Family: Tetragnathidae[edit]

- Long-jawed orb weavers

Family: Theraphosidae[edit]

- Tarantulas

Family: Theridiidae[edit]

- cobweb spiders

Family: Theridiosomatidae[edit]

- Ray spiders

Family: Thomisidae[edit]

- Crab spiders

Family: Titanoecidae[edit]

- Woolly silk-weavers

Family: Trachelidae[edit]

- Trachelid sac spiders

Family: Udubidae[edit]

- Udubid spiders

Family: Uloboridae[edit]

- Cribellate orb weavers

Family: Zodariidae[edit]

- Ant spider

Family: Zoropsidae[edit]

- False wolf spiders


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  2. ^ Foelix, Rainer F. (1996). Biology of Spiders. 198 Madison Ave. NY, New York, 10016: Oxford University Press. p. 3. ISBN 0-19-509593-6.
  3. ^ Bambaradeniya, Channa. "Fauna of Sri Lanka" (PDF). World Conservation Union in Sri Lanka. Retrieved 13 March 2016.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "Poecilotheria species". Tarantupedia. Retrieved 3 May 2016.
  5. ^ "New giant tarantula discovered in Sri Lanka". Retrieved 3 May 2016.
  6. ^ "South Indian Spiders". Retrieved 13 March 2016.
  7. ^ "Face size Tarantula Sri-Lanka Venomous-Poecilotheria-Rajaei discovered". Daily mail. Retrieved 3 May 2016.
  8. ^ Nanayakkara, Ranil P. (2014). Tiger Spiders Poecilotheria of Sri Lanka. Colombo: Biodiversity Secretariat, Ministry of Environmental & Renewable Energy. p. 167. ISBN 978-955-0033-58-4.
  9. ^ Samarawickrama, V. A. M. P. K; Jayananda, M. D. B. G; Ranawana, K. B & Smith, Andrew. "Study of the distribtution of the genus Poecilotheria in Sri Lanka" (PDF). Ceylon Journal of Science. p. 12. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-03-13. Retrieved 13 March 2016. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  10. ^ "Giant new kind of tarantula discovered in Sri Lanka". Retrieved 3 May 2016.
  11. ^ "Description of Three New Species of the Tropical Asian Jumping Spider Genus Onomastus Simon, 1900 (Araneae: Salticidae) from High Altitude Cloud Forests of Sri Lanka". Novataxa. Retrieved 3 February 2019.
  12. ^ Molur, Sanjay; Siliwal, Manju. "Checklist of Spiders of South Asia". p. 47. Retrieved 13 March 2016.
  13. ^ Bambaradeniya, Channa N. B. (2006). The Fauna of Sri Lanka: Status of Taxonomy, Research, and Conservation. ISBN 9789558177518. Retrieved 23 January 2016.