Mygalomorph Spiders

Mygalomorph Spiders in Sri Lanka are facing severe threats due to habitat loss, and collection for pet trade. There has been no systematic effort to understand mygalomorph diversity of the country in the past.

Most descriptions were done centuries ago using museum specimens thus ecological information is lacking. The current study will be a comprehensive effort to understand diversity, abundance, ecology and threats to Mygalomorphs in Sri Lanka. The outcome of the study will form baseline data for future research and identify Mygalomorphs that are endangered. The study also aims at popularizing Mygalomorphs and creating awareness amongst villagers about the benefit of Mygalomorphs in the ecosystem.