Garden Spiders in Guam in Highest Numbers

Garden Spiders in Guam in Highest Numbers

Bizarre yet concerning news has been released recently by a team of researchers at the Rice University, which says that a decline in forest birds of the Pacific island has been causing spider population of Guam to fulminate now.

Yes! While previously, a snake species arrived in the region, thereby making the birds disappear almost completely. It seems as if only positions have been replaced and absence of birds, unlike snakes’ presence, is causing spiders, unlike the birds themselves, to explode now.

Guam is a U. S. territory south of Tokyo at around 1,500 miles. Also, it is somewhat southwest of Hawaii at 3700 miles. The report published lately in the journal PLOS ONE finds that the spider population was 40 times higher in the area’s jungles in the wet season as compared to the number noted in nearby areas like Tinian and Saipan islands.

Besides, spiders in the dry season were above two folds in Guam in comparison to other areas. The reason behind the same was other regions still had those birds to eat the spiders. As per the team, the findings hint that garden spiders find it easy to build larger webs as well as longer ones when birds are absent.


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