SpiderIndia: A citizen science initiative

4th SpiderIndia meeting

This December, SpiderIndia will be organizing its annual meeting in the CastleRock region of Karnataka during 3-6 December, 2019. We encourage interested spider enthusiasts to register using this form.

3rd SpiderIndia meeting

This meeting was held in Amba situated in the midst of the northern Western Ghats during 24-26 December, 2018.

Great documentation by one of our SpiderIndia admin Dr. Atul Vartak

Another nice write-up about the meeting by Prasanna Parab.



2nd SpiderIndia meeting

!!! Congratulations Paris Basumatary, Bodoland University, Assam on publishing the report (BAS Newsletter 142-10-13) of second SpiderIndia meet in the Newsletter of the British Arachnological Society !!!


2nd SpiderIndia meet organized at the Gibbon Wildlife Sanctuary by WE Foundation



Knowledge about biodiversity does not seep easily from research papers to general public in the age when biodiversity conservation is priority. To alleviate this knowledge gap, along with Vijay Barve, Florida Museum of Natural History, I use social networking and database platforms to document spiders, beginning with India [example: SpiderIndia Facebook group (>7,000 members)].

SpiderIndia was initiated in September of 2005 as a citizen science community to learn about spiders of Indian subcontinent. As initial communications channeled, the group decided to use Yahoo groups. Main focus of the group was to help citizen scientists in identifying spiders using their observations from the field. The membership was around 400 in 2011, when the community started migrating to the Facebook community. Since July 2012, SpiderIndia group of India Biodiversity Portal was initiated and then the SpiderIndia iNaturalist project was launched to capture Indian Araneae data systematically in one place. To bring the group together for personal interactions and exchange, SpiderIndia meets were initiated in 2016 in Kolkata and are conducted annually.

Below is a downloadable checklist of Indian spiders and an excerpt of their amazing diversity. Please inform if you notice any discrepancy.

Spiders of India checklist updated until March 2019 (download)
Click on any image for slideshow and more information.