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Animalia: Arthopoda: Arachnida: Araneae: Linyphiidae: Gibothorax tchernovi (Eskov, 1989)

Spiders that belong to the group of Linyphiidae are made up of small spiders with more than 4,300 species globally. They are more commonly known as money spiders in the United Kingdom and Australia because they were linked with having good luck. New spiders within this family are still being found as with the case of Gibothorax tchernovi that lives on islands in Canada’s North. The small size of these organisms makes taxonomically classifying them a challenge and species have been divided and regrouped numerous times. The genus Gibothorax still only has one species within its group over a span of 28 years since its initial discovery. Hopefully more spiders under the Gibothorax genus will be discovered, and fingers crossed that they’ll be found in Canada!  #Canada150 #Biodiversity150

CCDB-05148-A09 – Hershel Island, Yukon Territory – 04-Jul-2007. Photo Credit: CBG Photography Group, Centre for Biodiversity Genomics
Example habitat where G. tchernovi can be found. Photo Credit: Kiril Strax goo.gl/mHfpSH

Here’s the barcode sequence information for this species:

Process ID: SPIAI864-10

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amino acid sequence


Visual representation of DNA barcode sequence for Gibothorax tchernovi

Learn more about it’s BIN (Barcode Index Number): BOLD:AAG5706

DNA barcoding and Malaise traps capture the remarkable diversity in Canada’s National Parks

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As some of you may know, we here at BIO spend a great deal of our field work sampling in Canada’s beautiful National Parks. In fact, from 2012 to 2014, BIO and Parks Canada partnered up to complete a massive national barcoding project that aimed to map out the country’s arthropod biodiversity: the Canadian National Parks (CNP) Malaise Program. I spent a lot of time planning, organizing, and coordinating this project and am thrilled to finally have results! Continue reading “DNA barcoding and Malaise traps capture the remarkable diversity in Canada’s National Parks”

Beecoming interested in the Yukon

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With this year’s beautiful summer coming to a close it has once again come time to dust the backpack off and get back into school mode. I had an amazing experience working with the BIObus team these past few months and I’m glad I’ve had the opportunity to share some of that experience with all of you. Since this is the my last blog of the season, I’ve decided to make this blog about one of the coolest parks I’ve come across so far (which is also conveniently the one I’m sorting through at the moment). Continue reading “Beecoming interested in the Yukon”