Spider Diversity Across an Urban Gradient


The growing negative effect of urbanization on biodiversity is an important and active field of research. In this study, we were interested in the variation of spider diversity across a city. We conducted our survey in Gainesville to determine the diversity of spiders following a transect from the center of the city to Lake Lanier. Using our observational notes and our collected samples, we noticed a pattern of a greater diversity of spider families at points with a higher percentage of green coverage. We saw nine families of spiders in green points. We saw six spider families in urban points. Our study adds to the growing body of evidence that spider diversity decreases in urbanized areas.

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