Poecilotheria nallamalaiensis — Details

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Overview

Distribution

Range Description

Endemic to the Eastern Ghats, India. This species is known only from the type locality in Andhra Pradesh: Nagarjunasagar-Srisailam Tiger Reserve, Prakasam District, Nallamalai hills, Eastern Ghats (Rao et al. 2007). The extent of occurrence could be as big as the entire Tiger Reserve and its surrounding areas of about 8,000 km², but the area of occupancy is not known.
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Ecology

Habitat

Habitat and Ecology

Habitat and Ecology
The forest in this area is of dry deciduous with teak monoculture. Information on ecology and habitat is yet unknown.

Systems
  • Terrestrial
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Conservation

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List Assessment


Red List Category
DD
Data Deficient

Red List Criteria

Version
3.1

Year Assessed
2008

Assessor/s
Siliwal, M. & Molur, S.

Reviewer/s
Spector, S. & Mason, T. (Terrestrial Invertebrates Red List Authority)

Contributor/s

Justification
This species is recently discovered and recorded from single location from where the type specimen was collected. Not much information is available about this species.
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Population

Population
Population information is not available.

Population Trend
Unknown
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Threats

Major Threats
Although specific threat to the species is not known, the area where it occurs is under tremendous pressure from civil unrest (insurgents), habitat degradation, rebel army training camps, and being a pilgrimage and tourist centre. It is also understood that the species has already been smuggled out of the country for the pet market abroad.
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Management

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions
It is reported from Nagarjunasagar-Srisailam Tiger Reserve. No national or international protection legislation is in place although such legislation is very urgently required for this and all the species of genus Poecilotheria.
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