|Town/Region||El Cielo Biosphere Reserve|
|Continent||Central and Latin America|
|Categories||Biodiversity, Education, Invertebrates|
|Date||28 Jul 2020|
This project aims to deepen the knowledge of the spiders in the El Cielo Biosphere Reserve which is located in the state of Tamaulipas in northeast Mexico. Our team will make a species’ list of the spiders in the reserve and start a referential collection to make new distributional records and to describe new species. We will also take photos both in situ and under laboratory conditions for an electronic book about the spiders of the reserve, including keys on how to identify them.
We will try to reach locals with workshops in the Centro Interpretativo Ecológico (CIE) so they can understand the diversity and ecological importance of such misunderstood group, in the process, making them more approachable in the pursue of the preservation of their habitats. A different, more technical workshop will be held for biologists and biology students to try to train more people into the field of arachnology.
After the sampling, we will evaluate the species according to the NOM059 and IUCN criteria to find which are the more vulnerable. Finally, all the data gathered will be presented to the Comisión de Parques y Biodiversidad de Tamaulipas as well as the Subseretaria de Desarrollo Urbano y Medio Ambiente, and with it, generate recommendations to be included in future management plans of the reserve.
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