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Southeast Asia Spider
Documentation

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Araneus mitificus, male.

why spiders?

In 2019, I was volunteering with my dad who is a marine conservationist. We traveled to various places in Southeast Asia. 

During the travels, I realised I was more of a land-dweller than a sea-faring boat building oceanographer like my dad was.

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I've always been fascinated by arachnids and taxonomy.

 

When we went to the Mergui Archipelago (Myanmar), I had to stay there for several months with more than ample time to lose my sanity. So, I started cataloguing and identifying spiders I found.

Nilus sp., female. She carried an egg sac and was an apex predator in her microhabitat. Her species can consume small fish.

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I kept the information I found on a FB Page called SEA.SD (Southeast Asia Spider Documentation), which still exists.

 

There, I posted continuously on the various information I found, as well as posted my scientific illustrations of these spiders. 

Opademeta fastigata, female. This beauty was found at 4 am in the morning while I was strolling through the tracks of the jungle. Fun times. 

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The benefits of being stuck on an island for several months was that you were able to observe the life cycle of certain spiders. 

On the left is a fecenia protensa, juvenile. Their life cycle begins and ends in roughly two months, with juveniles first creating their own little cone of silk to reside in. Grown adults would create a refuge from dried leaves to nest and brood. 

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I could spend hours talking and writing about the little personal discoveries I made on the small little island in the Mergui Archipelago. 

If I'm able to in the future, I might detail more stories on spiders in my blog and share the various shenanigans that happened on the island of Kyun Pila.