8-legged Adventures!

Our youngest member, Ayush, is working on the Araneid fauna of the institute’s 298 acre campus. The NISER campus features a multitude of habitats, and an even bigger collection of spiders that inhabit them. From the humongous Banyan trees to the leaf litter below our feet, spiders occupy them all. His work will provide us with a photographic database of the spiders, binding them with the specific habitats they dwell in. This resource will be used for further studies, as well as for spreading awareness about these beautiful little creatures occupying every nook and cranny they find. 
We wish him luck for his ongoing field endeavors and hope for some interesting discoveries! Some of the in-house genera he has documented till date are displayed below.