Spider Taxonomy

European spiders can be identified with the internet data base at http://www.araneae.unibe.ch, a unique identification key for 4500 spiders. The complete taxonomic spider information for all 46’000 spider species of the world including all 13’000 taxonomic publications is available in the World Spider Catalog http://www.wsc.nmbe.ch.

Spider Taxonomy

Together with the Natural History Museum Bern, we use such information for further taxonomic studies on spiders, with morphological or molecular (barcoding) focus.  In another project, we would like to analyze the distribution of known spider species in the world to make an estimate of the possible number of spider species which may exist (Christian Kropf, Wolfgang Nentwig).