Spiders (Arachnida: Araneae) of the Canadian Prairies

Latest version published by Biological Survey of Canada on Sep 15, 2014 Biological Survey of Canada

Spiders are the 7th most diverse order of arthropods globally and are prominent predators in all prairie habitats. In this chapter a checklist for the spiders of the prairie provinces (751 species), and surrounding jurisdictions (44 species) is presented along with an overview of all 26 families that occur in the region. Eighteen of the species from the region are adventive. Linyphiidae is by far the dominant family representing 39% of all the species. Lycosidae and Gnaphosidae each represent 8% and three other families account each for 7% (Salticidae, Dyctinidae and Theridiidae). Furthermore, a summary of all biodiversity studies conducted in the Prairies Ecozone and a selection of studies in adjacent transition ecoregions is provided. The Mixed Grassland Ecoregion has the most distinctive assemblage; Schizocosa mccooki and Zelotes lasalanus are common and unique to this ecoregion. Other ecoregions appear to harbour less distinctive assemblages but most ecoregions have been poorly studied. Lack of professional opportunities for spider systematists in Canada remains a major barrier to the advancement of the taxonomy and ecology of this fascinating group of arthropods.

Data Records

The data in this checklist resource has been published as a Darwin Core Archive (DwC-A), which is a standardized format for sharing biodiversity data as a set of one or more data tables. The core data table contains 797 records.

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Cárcamo, H., J. Pinzón, R. Leech, and J. Spence. 2014. Data for Spiders (Arachnida: Araneae) of the Canadian Prairies. http://dx.doi.org/10.5886/qwco8c3a

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Keywords

Checklist; Inventoryregional; Araneae; checklist; taxonomy; Canada; provinces; prairies; open data

Contacts

Who created the resource:

Héctor Cárcamo
Research Scientist - Insect Pest Management
Lethbridge Research Centre, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada 5403 - 1 Avenue South T1J 4B1 Lethbridge Alberta CA 403-317-2247

Who can answer questions about the resource:

Héctor Cárcamo
Research Scientist - Insect Pest Management
Lethbridge Research Centre, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada 5403 - 1 Avenue South T1J 4B1 Lethbridge Alberta CA 403-317-2247

Who filled in the metadata:

Héctor Cárcamo
Research Scientist - Insect Pest Management
Lethbridge Research Centre, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada 5403 - 1 Avenue South T1J 4B1 Lethbridge Alberta CA 403-317-2247

Who else was associated with the resource:

Author
Héctor Cárcamo
Research Scientist - Insect Pest Management
Lethbridge Research Centre, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada 5403 - 1 Avenue South T1J 4B1 Lethbridge Alberta CA 403-317-2247
Author
Jaime Pinzón
Postdoctoral Fellow
Department of Renewable Resources, University of Alberta 751 General Services Building T6G 2H1 Edmonton Alberta CA (780) 492-6965
Author
Robin Leech
Edmonton Alberta CA
Author
John Spence
Professor
Department of Renewable Resources, University of Alberta 751 General Services Building T6G 2H1 Edmonton Alberta CA
Processor
David Shorthouse
Biodiversity Informatics Manager
Université de Montréal Biodiversity Centre 4101 rue Sherbrooke est H1X 2B2 Montréal QC CA 514-343-6111 82354
Publisher
Biological Survey of Canada
Biological Survey of Canada CA

Geographic Coverage

Canadian Prairies

Bounding Coordinates South West [49.36, -118.11], North East [59.28, -93.36]

Taxonomic Coverage

No Description available

Order  Araneae (spiders)

Bibliographic Citations

  1. Cárcamo H., J. Pinzón, R. Leech, and J. Spence. 2014. Spiders (Arachnida: Araneae) of the Canadian Prairies. In Arthropods of Canadian Grasslands (Volume 3): Biodiversity and Systematics Part 1. Edited by H. A. Cárcamo and D. J. Giberson. Biological Survey of Canada. pp. 75-137. http://dx.doi.org/10.3752/9780968932162.ch4 doi:10.3752/9780968932162.ch4

Additional Metadata

Alternative Identifiers http://dx.doi.org/10.5886/qwco8c3a