Literature about the WSC

Miller, J. A., Agosti, D., Penev, L., Sautter, G., Georgiev, T., Catapano, T., Patterson, D., King, D., Pereira, S., Vos, R. A. & Sierra, S. (2015) Integrating and visualizing primary data from prospective and legacy taxonomic literature. Biodiversity Data Journal 3 (e5063): 1-33. doi: 10.3897/BDJ.3.e5063 PDF
Nentwig, W., Gloor, D. & Kropf, C. (2015) Taxonomic database: Spider taxonomists catch data on web. Nature 528: 479. doi: 10.1038/528479a PDF
Pekár et al. (2021). The World Spider Trait database: a centralized global open repository for curated data on spider traits. Database 2021(0): 1–10. doi: 10.1093/database/baab064 PDF
Harms, D., Nentwig, W., Gloor, D. & Harvey, M.S. (2022). Introducing the World Arachnida Catalog: the new research environment for (almost all) arachnid orders. J Arachnology 50: 113–117. doi: 10.1636/JoA-S-21-063 PDF


The International Society of Arachnology gave the Pierre Bonnet Award to Wolfgang Nentwig and Christian Kropf, to honour the work of the whole WSC team “for their tireless work in developing and maintaining the online World Spider Catalog” at the International Congress of Arachnology, 2019 in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Press releases

  • 50,000 spider species discovered. Press release April 6, 2022 | PDF
  • World Arachnida Catalog launched. Press release December 2021 | PDF