Searching the web builds fuller picture of arachnid trade



Marshall BM, Strine CT, Fukushima CS, Cardoso P, Orr MC & Hughes AC (2022) Searching the web builds fuller picture of arachnid trade. Communications Biology, 5 (1), Art. No.: 448.

Wildlife trade is a major driver of biodiversity loss, yet whilst the impacts of trade in some species are relatively well-known, some taxa, such as many invertebrates are often overlooked. Here we explore global patterns of trade in the arachnids, and detected 1,264 species from 66 families and 371 genera in trade. Trade in these groups exceeds millions of individuals, with 67% coming directly from the wild, and up to 99% of individuals in some genera. For popular taxa, such as tarantulas up to 50% are in trade, including 25% of species described since 2000. CITES only covers 30 (2%) of the species potentially traded. We mapped the percentage and number of species native to each country in trade. To enable sustainable trade, better data on species distributions and better conservation status assessments are needed. The disparity between trade data sources highlights the need to expand monitoring if impacts on wild populations are to be accurately gauged and the impacts of trade minimised.

General Agricultural and Biological Sciences; General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology; Medicine (miscellaneous)

Communications Biology: Volume 5, Issue 1

Publication date31/12/2022
Publication date online31/05/2022
Date accepted by journal14/04/2022
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media LLC

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Mr Benjamin Marshall
Mr Benjamin Marshall

PhD Researcher, Biological and Environmental Sciences