Atlas of the European Arachnids

The Atlas of the European Arachnids is an unsystematic but continuously updated collection of records (occurrences) of arachnid species (excluding mites) in central Europe (while not excluding surrounding regions). This site continues the recording scheme of the Arachnologische Gesellschaft, formerly maintained by Aloysius Staudt (

Recorded species
Min. recorded specimens

(These statistics are not updated in real-time for performance reasons. The actual numbers may be different. Last update: 2020-08-14 14:45:09)

Citation: Arachnologische Gesellschaft (2020): Atlas of the European Arachnids, accessed at on {date of access}

Locations on maps are only displayed with a reduced precision when you are not logged in. Furthermore, the printing functions and advanced statistics are not available. Members of the Arachnologische Gesellschaft can log in at any time and use the Atlas without these restrictions after they have registered for the Members' Area of the main pages. For further information about an AraGes membership see here.

The taxonomy of Araneae on this site follows that of the World Spider Catalog in its latest version, that of the small orders (except Opiliones and Scorpiones) follows the catalogues of Mark S. Harvey. If nothing else is specified for a species from a species group, the species “s. str.” is meant.

All geographic coordinates use the WGS84 datum.

Records from the previous recording scheme are strongly reduced (usually only one record per decade, source, species and map grid). Furthermore, the record date is known only as a decade. For some sources the record date was corrected to be precise to a year. Only the latest records carry an exact date or date range spanning only a few days.

Locations from the former recording scheme were only known as a grid number of the topo-map series TK 25 (an “MTB”), i. e. they are only precise to an area of 10×6 minutes. Only the latest records are more precise. Records from outside of Germany are partially associated with a „pseudo”-MTB, i. e. they lie within a rectangular area with coordinates derived from the TK 25 grid number even though this sheet does not actually exist in the series. New records can be localized to any position in the world, also outside the TK 25 series area. Furthermore, some older records were subsequently localized more precisely.

The following grid systems are supported:

Additional record data like collection method, sex, maturity, biotope type, etc. are typically only known for the newest records.

Biotopes are classfied according to the EUNIS (2007 revision).

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Sources with recent updates

De Koninck H (2005): De verspreiding van Pirata knorri (Scopoli 1763) in de vallei van de Our.Nieuwsbrief van de Belgische Arachnologische Vereniging 20(1): 1–3 
Sacher P (1996): Bemerkenswerte Webspinnen (Araneida) der Salzstelle Hecklingen.Entomologische Mitteilungen Sachsen-Anhalt 4: 15–21 
Zuppke U & Krummhaar B (1997): Beitrag zur Verbreitung der Dornfingerspinne (Cheiracanthium punctorium) in Sachsen-Anhalt.Entomologische Mitteilungen Sachsen-Anhalt 5 (1): 17–19 
Herrmann A, Sacher P & Braasch D (1999): Die Verbreitung des Ammen-Dornfingers (Cheiracanthium punctorium Villers, 1789) im östlichen Deutschland (Araneae, Clubionidae).Entomologische Nachrichten und Berichte 43 (1): 53–57 
Schultz W (1992): Beitrag zur Spinnenfauna (Arachnida, Araneida) der Tertiärdünen der ostfriesischen Insel Norderney.Verhandlungen des naturwissenschaftlichen Vereins Hamburg 33: 239–245 
Schultz W (1990): Spinnen aus dem Raum Lingen/Ems (Arachnida: Araneae).Oldenburger Jahrbuch 90: 285–296 

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Hingst R & Wollweber K (1991): Auswirkungen der Knickversetzung auf die Fauna; in: Grabo L: Bedeutung der Knicks und Wallhecken für die Agrarlandschaft – Faunistisch-Ökologische Mitteilungen Suppl. 10: 71–99 
Vahder S & Irmler U (2010): The spider fauna of Baltic Sea coast habitats.Faunistisch-Ökologische Mitteilungen 9: 131–148 
Breitling R, Lemke M, Bauer T, Hohner M, Grabolle A, Blick T (2015): Phantom spiders: notes on dubious spider species from Europe.Arachnologische Mitteilungen 50: 65–80; DOI: 10.5431/aramit5010 
Heinz M, Nährig D & Storch V (2002): Synanthrope Spinnen (Araneae) in Nordbaden.Carolinea 60: 141–150 
Leist N, Jonitz A & Butterer T (2017): Zur Spinnenfauna der Halbtrockenrasen am Michaelsberg bei Bruchsal, einer nordbadischen Wärmeinsel.Carolinea 75: 129–142 
Kastner L, Meyer F, Gebhardt U, Ahrens M, Buse J & Höfer H (2018): Die Blockhalden-Stachelwolfspinne Acantholycosa norvegica sudetica (L. Koch) (Araneae: Lycosidae) im Nordschwarzwald.Carolinea 76: 163–188
Hahn C W (1822): Monographie der Spinnen. Heft 3.Lechner, Nürnberg: p. 1–2, 4 pls.; DOI: 10.5962/bhl.title.122225 
Hahn C W (1831): Monographie der Spinnen. Heft 6.Lechner, Nürnberg: 1 p., 4 pls.; DOI: 10.5962/bhl.title.122225 
Schrank F von P (1803): Spinne; in: Fauna Boica. Durchgedachte Geschichte der in Baiern einheimischen und zahmen Thiere. Dritter und lezter Band, erste Abtheilung. – Philipp Krüll, Landshut: 229–244; DOI: 10.5962/bhl.title.44923 
Hahn CW (1832): Die Arachniden. Erster Band.C. H. Zeh'sche Buchhandlung, Nürnberg: 25–76, pl. 7–18; DOI: 10.5962/bhl.title.43744 
Hahn CW (1831): Die Arachniden. Erster Band.C. H. Zeh'sche Buchhandlung, Nürnberg: 1–24, pl. 1–6; DOI: 10.5962/bhl.title.43744 

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Breitling R, Lemke M, Bauer T, Hohner M, Grabolle A, Blick T (2015): Phantom spiders: notes on dubious spider species from Europe.Arachnologische Mitteilungen 50: 65–80; DOI: 10.5431/aramit5010 
De Vore-Scribante A (1999): Les pseudoscorpions de la Suisse: étude systématique, faunistique et biogéographique.These, Faculte des Sciences, Université de Genève & Muséum d'histoire naturelle: 314 S.; DOI: 10.13097/archive-ouverte/unige:79720 
Jäger G (2013, unpublished): Handfänge & Sichtungen im Gebiet Ziegenhagen. 
Schenkel E (1918): Neue Fundorte einheimischer Spinnen.Verhandlungen der naturforschenden Gesellschaft Basel 29: 69–104 
Schikora H-B (2015): Die Webspinnen des Nationalparks Harz.Schriftenreihe aus dem Nationalpark Harz 13: 1–371 
Staudt A, Weber D & Nährig D (2013): Webspinnen (Arachnida, Araneae) aus Höhlen des Großherzogtums Luxemburg.Ferrantia 69: 115–157 

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