SpiderIndia: A citizen science initiative

3rd SpiderIndia meeting


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

A nice write-up about the meeting by Prasanna Parab


For registered participants

Greetings! I am excited to inform you that we all will be having a lot of fun with arachnology in the midst of Sahyadri mountains. Now that you have registered, we all should make our travel plans and pay the registration fees. The schedule and our T-shirt design will be finalized within a week.
Travel plans
For people flying from outside Maharashtra, I recommend landing at the Pune airport (PNQ). We all plan to leave Pune in private cars on 24 December at 2 am. Other participants taking road transport can directly join us at Gokul resort, AmbaGhat before 10 am on 24th December. Please fill in this spreadsheet for convenience and pooling https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1F8b9UoULxsVtgC8ddPxZqovGecC8SzajI3e9_upNjAg/edit?usp=sharing
For registration fees- Registration fee of  ₹.2600/- includes food, accommodation and travel between the venue and field sites. Write to sskspider@gmail.com for payment details.

Register for the 3rd SpiderIndia meeting here.

We will meeting in the midst of Sahyadri mountains at Amba Ghat in Maharashtra during 24-26 December, 2018. The program schedule is being prepared; to summarize, it will include arachno-blitz, lectures from experts on the introduction to spiders, their evolution, biogeography and methods of documenting spiders. In addition to spiders, you will also enjoy our warm Marathi hospitality and spicy “Tambda-pandhra” curry! 

!!! 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 (download)
Click on any image for slideshow and more information.