A new species of jumping spider has been
discovered in Aarey Colony, Mumbai. It has been named Jerzego sunillimaye, in
the honour Sunil Limaye, Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forest
Wildlife East, Maharashtra forest department. The species was first spotted in
Jumping spiders are a group of spiders that
constitute the family Salticidae. It is the largest and most diverse family of
spiders, consisting of 6,126 described species. These spiders are easily
recognised by their lager anterior median eyes. In India, there are about 256
species of jumping spiders known till date.
Jerzego sunillimaye is the fourth species under genus
Jerzego in the world and the second from India. It is also the first species
under the genus whose taxonomic details, mating behaviour, and egg development
have been documented. The study on Jerzego sunillimaye has been published in
the journal Arthropoda Selecta.
Arachnologists in India have advocated that a
large number of diversities of spiders are yet to be discovered in India as
spiders remain much unreasearched in the country. Arachnology is the scientific
study of spiders and other arachnids (class of eight-legged arthropods) such as
scorpions, harvestmen etc.