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Spruce-fir Moss Spider

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Lauryn Davis

on 10 January 2014

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Transcript of Spruce-fir Moss Spider

Detail 1: What it Eats, Reproduction,and Span:
What they eat: flies,bees, and other insects.

Reproduction:Spruce fir moss spiders reproduce oviparously.When the male spruce fir moss spider matures, which is typically in September or October, he develops tibial spurs and elongated legs to protect himself from the female's fangs when they mate.

Life span: Does not have a very large span...species is endangered.

Detail 3:What enables species to live in its habitat:
Answer: Greenhouse gas emissions
Detail 4: Why the species is endangered:
The surviving populations of the spruce-fir moss spider are restricted to small areas of suitable moss mats on a few scattered rock outcrops and boulders beneath fir trees in the spruce-fir forests. Destruction of the moss mats (or even a portion of the mats) or damage to the surrounding vegetation shading the mats could result in the loss of the entire population or even extinction of this species.

By: Lauryn davis
Endangered species research project

Spruce-fir Moss Spider
Size: 0.10-0.15
Description: light brown to yellow brown to darkish red brown, there are no markings on its abdomen.
Detail 2: Habitat:
The spruce-fir moss spider only lives on the highest mountain peaks in the Southern Appalachian Mountains of western North Carolina, eastern Tennessee, and southwest Virginia. The high elevation forests where this spider is found are dominated by Fraser fir with scattered red spruce. This forest type is commonly referred to as spruce-fir forests. The typical habitat of this spider is damp, but well-drained moss mats growing on rocks and boulders in well-shaded areas within these forests. The moss mats cannot be too dry (the species is very sensitive to desiccation).
Detail 5: What can be done regarding the endangered species:
Answer: there is nothing that can be done.
Detail 6: What efforts are being done to help preserve species:
Answer: no efforts are being made at this time
My thoughts on what should be done and why:
I think that the economy should try to help out the spruce-fir moss spider. The spruce moss spider seems like it could be a very interesting spider if people would just take the time out to see the amazing things it does
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