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Arachnological Links

This page lists the most important arachnology sites on the web.

The links are categorised under headings for ease of reference.

Several of the listed sites also have their own links pages, but we hope that you will find our pages to be the most comprehensive and up-to-date.

There is a section below on arachnological journals, and a separate page for 2012 scientific papers in non-arachnological journals. The links indicate if the papers are open access (free to view online) or abstract / subscription only. (Links Page of 2013 papers to follow shortly.)

Most importantly these pages will be regularly updated, so you can use these pages as the hub of your arachnological surfing, whether you are wanting to identify a spider, read up on the latest research, or find out about international societies.

If you find a significant arachnology site or 2012 paper that is not listed, or if any link does not work, let us know so that we can include / fix it - membership@britishspiders.org.uk

We hope you enjoy using these links pages.

(Updated October 2016.)

Arachnological Societies

British Arachnological SocietyBASLogo.jpg
We publish the Newsletter and the journal Arachnology three times per year. The journal includes research from around the world. The Newsletter, whilst focusing on British species, also includes articles on non-British species. We offer local support, training and activities to British members, whether beginners or advanced. We manage the British Spider and Harvestman Recording Schemes, and we are helping to conserve Britain's rarest spiders. All members enjoy online access to the journal, our online Discussion Forum, and other online resources.
If are you not yet a member, WHY NOT?? ...... Further details and to join (British and Overseas membership categories.).
African Arachnological Society (AFRAS)
This is a scientific society devoted to the study of spiders, scorpions and other arachnids in Africa. Publishes a Newsletter, previous years editions available for free on the website.
The Spider Club of Southern Africa
"The Spider Club of Southern Africa is a non-profit environmental interest group providing a fun, responsible, social learning experience, centered on spiders, their relatives and nature in general." Members receive a Newsletter.
American Arachnological Society
The American Arachnological Society (AAS) was founded in August 1972 to promote the study of arachnids, to achieve closer cooperation and understanding between amateur and professional arachnologists, and to publish the Journal of Arachnology. The Society also sponsors annual meetings and cooperates with other professional societies. Membership is open to all individuals interested in the Society's objectives.
American Tarantula Society
American Society focused on Tarantulas and their husbandry.
Australasian Arachnological Society
The Australasian Society covering Australia, New Zealand, Oceania and South-east Asia. Publishes a members-only Newsletter.
ARABEL (Arachnologia Belgica)
The website of the Belgian Arachnological Society (in Dutch).
British Tarantula SocietyBtstitle-logo1.jpg
Established in 1985, the BTS is dedicated to the conservation, enhancement and spread of knowledge in keeping tarantulas. Publishes the society journal British Tarantula Society Journal.
Česká arachnologická společnost - Czech Arachnological Society (English version)
Society established in 2008. Website in English and Czech. Produces Newsletter, available as pdf, in Czech.
Deutsche Arachnologische Gesellschaft e. V. - DeArGe (German Arachnologic Society)
Focuses especially on keeping and breeding Tarantulas, but also other arachnids. Publishes club journal Arachne
The European Society of Arachnology
The European Society of Arachnology supports the study of arachnology, promotes the development of this science and facilitates exchanges between researchers or institutes. Annual meetings are held in Europe, except in the years the International Congress of Arachnology is held.
Arachnologische Gesellschaft
Central European Arachnological Society (in German). Publishes the journal Arachnologische Mitteilungen (many papers in English).
L'association Française d'Arachnologie (AsFrA)
The French Society of Arachnology (in French) - promotes the study and conservation of arachnids in France. For scientific study and public education. Includes identification and preservation of important sites for arachnids. Publishes the Revue Arachnologique.
Grupo Ibérico de Aracnologí­a
Spanish Society of Arachnology dealing with the arachnids of the Iberian Peninsula (in Spanish).
Indian Society of Arachnology, Amravati, India (ISA)
The website of the Indian Society of Arachnology - survey checklists, videos, research, seminars, and publishes Indian Journal of Arachnology.
Spiders of Central India (FaceBook)
The FaceBook page of the Indian Society of Arachnology.
International Society of Arachnology (ISA)
International scientific society devoted to arachnology. ISA focuses on the arachnid orders Amblypygi, Araneae, Opiliones, Palpgradi, Pseudoscorpiones, Ricinulei, Schizomida, Scorpiones, and Uropygi, but not Acari. Currently ISA has about 600 members from 66 countries.
Invicta Arachnid Club
"Dedicated To The Arachnid Enthusiasts of Kent." Focuses particularly on Tarantulas and their care as pets.
Arachnological Society of Iran
A new society with free membership.
Arachnological Society of Japan
This society is devoted to the study of arachnids and myriapods. Site is in English and Japanese. Publishes the journal Acta Arachnologica
Magyar Arachnológia - Hungarian Arachnology (no longer appears to be active)
Mostly in Hungarian, some sections in English.
Peckham Society
This society focuses on the salticids - jumping spiders - and the site contains many resources. Publishes the free open access online journal Peckhamia.

Arachnological Reference, Information, Identification Resources and Keys

Spider and Harvestman Recording SchemeBASLogo.jpg
Using records submitted by British Arachnological Society members and the public, the recording schemes map the distribution of spider and harvestman species in Britain and collate detailed information including ecology and phenology.
This important resource contains a huge amount of information, with species accounts covering ecology, habitat, status, life cycle, distribution map, and photos, for the vast majority of British spiders and harvestmen.
Check out this species account of Araneus quadratus...
Arachnerds - Nik Nimbus
Photo blog of Nik Nimbus. Includes great photos and descriptions of British spiders.
Also the site for the 2013 Spiders Calendar [1]
"ARKive is gathering together the very best films and photographs of the world's species into one centralised digital library, to create a unique audio-visual record of life on Earth, prioritising those species at most risk of extinction. Preserved and maintained for future generations, ARKive is making this key resource accessible to all."
Baboon Spiders
Specialised site on Baboon Spiders.
Bernhard Huber Pholcidae
Specifically on the Pholcidae (Daddy-long-legs spiders)
Biodiversity Heritage Library
"The Biodiversity Heritage Library is a consortium of natural history and botanical libraries that cooperate to digitize and make accessible the legacy literature of biodiversity." Lots of old and classic books - free online access.
The Biological Records Centre for the UK
Based at Wallingford. A partner with the B.A.S. in the production of the Atlas of Spiders.
Bug Guide Bug Guide Arachnids images Bug Guide Arachnids Info
North American online information and identification resource for invertebrates. Large section on arachnids and constant supply of new uploaded photographs.
Dolomedes - Fen Raft Spider
This site has been established to promote the understanding and conservation of one of Europe's largest, most beautiful but least common species of spider, Dolomedes plantarius.
Encyclopaedia of Life
Online catalogue of all life on Earth. "The Encyclopedia of Life (EOL) began in 2007 with the bold idea to provide “a webpage for every species." EOL brings together trusted information from resources across the world such as museums, learned societies, expert scientists, and others into one massive database and a single, easy-to-use online portal at EOL.org "
Families of British Spiders
Interactive facilities for identification and information retrieval at family level, with fairly detailed descriptions illustrated via scans from Blackwall and relevant introductory material (including nomenclatural updating for all Blackwall's plates).
Key to Araneae families
Identification key to families of the Araneae - Spiders - with photographs of specimens.
South Indian Spiders
Spiders of India
"Learn more about wildlife, share your interest with a friendly community and get help identifying what you have seen."
Submit your photos online for help in identification.
The Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Searchable database of their arachnid (and other) collection.
US Linyphiid ID guide
Photographic guide to US linyphiids with images of live specimens and epigynes.
Nicks Spiders
Photos of British and European spiders.
Orange County Spiders
Photo guide and simple key to common spiders of Orange County, California, US.
Proszynski's catalogue of the Salticidae - jumping spiders.
Scorpion Files
Information on worldwide scorpion species, lots of information and photos.
Singapore spiders
A guide to common spiders of Singapore.
Siri Scientific Press & Online Bookshop
A specialist publisher and seller of field guides, monographs, text-books and compiled volumes in all areas of natural history with particular reference to entomology and palaeontology.
The Spiders of Great Britain and Ireland, Volume I (Roberts) - British families except Linyphiidae
This google books link shows pages 1-56 of volume I of Roberts, including the family key and a few species accounts.
The Spiders of Great Britain and Ireland, Volume II (Roberts) - Linyphiidae
This google books link shows much of the volume II of Roberts, including the Linyphiidae key and many species accounts.
Spiders of Europe
Araneae - Spiders of Europe - keys and photographs for identification of spiders.
Spiders of Europe and Greenland
Large collection of arachnid photographs, identified and taxonomically listed - Jorgen Lissner.
Spiders of North West Europe
Photographic guide to NW European Spiders
Spiders of Belgium and France
Photographic guide to spiders and harvestmen of Belgium and France, incl live and preserved specimens and genitalia
US Spiders of Interest
Brown Widows, Brown Recluses, Hobos, and Banana Spiders.
A photographic and identification resource for spiders in the United States and Canada.
Tarantula Bibliography
Reference source and world species information on Tarantulas
World Spider Catalogue
Norman Platnick's online catalogue of all species of spiders, regularly updated.

Arachnological Journals

(and other journals with high arachnological content)
These journals contain a huge amount of information on the latest research and discoveries of arachnids.
Many of the papers are open access (free to view online). Click on the journal link to browse their articles.
Arachnology, The journal of the British Arachnological Society
(previously Bulletin of the British Arachnological Society)
This is our journal, published three times per year, includes research from around the world. Access to members only.
Download a free sample issue.
If are you not yet a member, WHY NOT?? ..... Further details and to join (British and Overseas membership categories.)
Journal of Arachnology
The journal of the American Arachnological Society - free online access for issues older than twelve months.
Arachnologische Mitteilungen
Journal of Arachnologische Gesellschaft (Central European Arachnological Society) - many papers in English - free online access.
Acta Arachnologica
The journal of the Arachnological Society of Japan (in English) - free online access.
Arthropoda Selecta
Russian Journal of Arthropoda Research, in English, incl many papers on arachnids.
All these arachnid papers are available on pdf for free on this BAS-hosted site.
Journal devoted to scorpions - free online access. List of papers [2]
Hooiwagens (Harvestmen) Dutch group
Dutch Opiliones group of the European Invertebrate Survey (EIS), articles in Dutch - free online access.
Indian Journal of Arachnology
The journal of the Indian Society of Arachnology - new journal, first published 2012 - free online access.
The journal of the Peckham Society - specifically on jumping spiders - free online access.
Serket - The Arachnological Bulletin of the Middle East and North Africa
This new website of Serket includes volumes 6-11 on pdf.
25 year anniversary issue, 2012 - [3]
Newsletter of EIS Dutch Spider Group
Newsletter of the Dutch Spider Group of the European Invertebrate Survey (EIS), in Dutch - free online access.
Zootaxa Zootaxa search page for Arachnida
Zootaxa is a peer-reviewed scientific journal for zoological taxonomy - publishes descriptions of new species - incl many papers on arachnids - some open access (free) papers, most require subscription.

Other Journals and Science review sites

American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) - publications
The AMNH has four main scientific series which are open (free) access including American Museum Novitates, Bulletin of the AMNH, Memoirs of the AMNH.
American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) - historical publications
The AMNH site giving free online access to its historical publications.
Biodiversity Heritage Library
"The Biodiversity Heritage Library is a consortium of natural history and botanical libraries that cooperate to digitize and make accessible the legacy literature of biodiversity." Many old classic texts, old periodicals and books - free online access.
Journal of Experimental Biology
This is a peer-reviewed journal, free online access to older issues (recent abstract only).
PLOS ONE is a peer-reviewed open access (free) online journal featuring original research from all disciplines within science and medicine.
Psyche: A Journal of Entomology
Psyche is a peer-reviewed, open access (free) journal that publishes original research articles as well as review articles in all areas of basic (as opposed to applied) entomology.
Science Daily
Science Daily is an online Digest and Review of latest scientific papers - summarises and highlights latest research from academic journals.
Zookeys Zookeys Arachnida search page
ZooKeys is a peer-reviewed open access (free) academic journal for zoology, incl taxonomy - publishes descriptions of new species, incl arachnids - all open access (free).
International Journal of Zoology
International Journal of Zoology is a peer-reviewed, open access journal that publishes original research articles as well as review articles in all areas of zoology.

Scientific papers 2012 (in non-arachnological journals)

See the above Arachnological Journals for many academic papers.
For links to 2012 research papers in other journals see our separate page 2012 Papers in non-arachnological journals.
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