The Leibniz Institute for the Analysis of Biodiversity Change
is a research museum of the Leibniz Association
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From a curatorial perspective, this section represents not only the arachnids but also the 'basal' hexapods (primarily wingless insects, mayflies, odonates), as well as pantopods and crustaceans. The collections hold about 70,000 specimens. Our research focuses on spider taxonomy, phylogeny, and biology as well as on function and evolution of arthropod genitalia.
The collections in this section hold about 70,000 specimens, including the worlds most diverse collection of Pholcidae spiders (Huber), extensive spider material from fogging campaigns in East Africa (Wagner, Freund) and from pitfall trapping in West and Central Africa (previously Trier collection), a large and partly historically important Odonata collection, as well as smaller collections of parasitic mites and other Arachnida, Ephemeroptera, Plecoptera, and Crustacea.
Currently the collections are being digitized and prepared for the transfer to Biodiversity Workbench. Preliminary data are available as Excel files:
Araneae version 2018-09-06
The following type catalogs are available as PDF files:
Araneae, Acari, Scorpiones, Crustacea, Pantopoda update March 2018
The collection manager works together with all six arthropod collections.
Acces to the Digital Catalogue of the Arachnida Section