Cyprus Herbarium and Natural History Museum Researchers Discovered a Specific Spider Species for Cyprus for the Second Time…

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Cyprus Herbarium and Natural History Museum Researchers Discovered a Specific Spider Species for Cyprus for the Second Time…

Researchers of the Cyprus Herbarium and Natural History Museum discovered a new species of spider during the fieldwork carried out in the forest and scrub areas in the Beşparmak Mountains. The new spider species belonging to the “Zodariidae” family of the “Araneae” group was named “Lachesanabayramgocmeni”. In 2018, a spider specific to Cyprus, belonging to the “Dysderidae” family of the “Araneae” team, was discovered and named “Günselorum” in dedication to the Founding Rector of Near East University, Dr. Suat Günsel and his family.

Thus, with the latest discovery, the Researchers of the Cyprus Herbarium and Natural History Museum discovered the second spider species unique to Cyprus and made it possible to take place in the world literature.

According to the information given by the Cyprus Herbarium and Natural History Museum, a new spider species belonging to the Lachesana genus was discovered in the studies carried out in Lapta, Kalavaç and Alevkayası regions within the scope of the “Spiders of Northern Cyprus” project supported by the Scientific Research Project Coordination Board (BAP). The spider, which will enter the world literature with the name “Lachesanabayramgocmeni”, is a difficult species to discover. The reason for this is that the new species, one of the anteater spiders, live in the soil by hiding in a well they dig with their females. With its discovered species, only four of this spider’s species were identified as female.

Prof. Dr. Salih Gücel: “We have come up with another new discovery within the scope of Biodiversity Research…”
Director of Cyprus Herbarium and Natural History Museum, Prof. Dr. Salih Gücel, said that the Cyprus Herbarium and Natural History Museum, conducting its studies in cooperation with various scientific foundations from Turkey, Europe and TRNC, has come up with a new discovery.

Explaining that during the fieldwork carried out in forested and bushy areas in Beşparmak Mountains, a new spider species belonging to the “Zodariidae” family of the “Araneae” team, was discovered.

Prof. Dr. Salih Gücel also stated that this newly discovered spider species will take place under the name of “Lachesanabayramgocmeni” in the world literature. Prof. Dr. Salih Gücel said “This newly discovered spider species was dedicated to Prof. Dr. Bayram Göçmen whom we lost on March 22, 2019, our teacher, research partner, brother and dedicated friend.

Cooperation was made in identifying the new spider species…
An important collaboration was made in the identification of new spider species and the preparation of the article, which is the product of a scientific project supported by the Near East University Scientific Research and Project Coordination Board (BAP). Prof. Dr. Salih Gücel stated that they are working together with scientists representing Near East University, Eskişehir Technical University, Celal Bayar University, Ferdowski University of Mashhad (Iran) and Tashkent Nature Park for the diagnosis of the new spider species. Underlining the importance of collaborations in scientific studies especially carried out to contribute to the world literature, Prof. Dr. Gücel, said that the Cyprus Herbarium and Natural History Museum, which was created as a result of nearly 20 years of scientific studies and opened in May last year, has a comprehensive collection of plants, mushrooms, insects, seashells, reptiles, fish, fossils and natural stone samples found in the island of Cyprus.

Biologist Kadir Boğaç Kunt: “Female individuals belonging to the species create habitat in the soil…”
Biologist Kadir Boğaç Kunt, who works as an expert in Invertebrate Animals and Spider Taxonomy in Tashkent Nature Park, stated that the samples of Lachesanabayramgocmeni, which entered the world literature, were collected from Lapta, Kalavaç and Alevkayası regions. He also stated that female individuals belonging to this species dug a hole in the soil and created a habitat for themselves in the soil and lived there.

Prof. Dr. Özge Özden: “Spiders can adapt to all kinds of ecosystems…”
Deputy Director of Cyprus Herbarium and Natural History Museum Prof. Dr. Özge Özden Fuller also stated that arachnids are included in the taxonomic classification, Arachnida, and pointed out that there are approximately 50,000 species of spiders living in the world according to the scientific data of 2020. Prof. Dr. Özge Özden Fuller, stating that spiders can adapt to many ecosystems on earth, said, “It is possible to encounter spiders in different habitats from the hills of Mount Everest to the interior of streams or lakes in the Mediterranean region.” Prof. Dr. Özge Özden Fuller also stated that as the Cyprus Herbarium and Natural History Museum, they are conducting many international biodiversity and taxonomy research projects, and that both species identification studies and museum collections are continuing.