After about one and a half years it is about time for a new database update. Here it is!
A new feature in the checklists is the possibility to call checklists for certain regions and not only countries, e.g. Abkhazia, North Caucasus and South Ossetia now. Let me know if you want to see more specific regions or areas there, like protected areas for example: Lagodekhi National Park. Also, country and region checklists are now structured just as the Caucasus Checklist, meaning the checklist includes only species with verified status and a Blacklist below with the species of doubtful status.
Other changes include fixed mistakes, e.g. correctly linking Microdipoena jobi to Mysmenidae and updated taxonomy (e.g. in Agelescape, Persiscape). Thanks to Theo Blick, Yuri Marusik, Dmitri Logunov and others for pointing this out to me. It helps a lot!
As always: Please keep informing me about newly published or older literature which needs to be included in the database and point out any mistakes you found. I appreciate it very much!
The following updates to species records have been made in version 02.2022:
- Marusik & Zonstein (2021): description of Raveniola ambardzumanyani from Armenia
- Esyunin (2017) made available some specimen data collected by Dmitri Kharitonov, among this females of Dictyna ottoi from Georgia.
- Ponomarev & Komarov (2015) provided lots of species records of spiders from South Ossetia, including some first species records for the Caucasus database here: Hahnia helveola, Pardosa consimilis, Pardosa inquilina, Neottiura suaveolens, Ozyptila spirembola.
- All records of Ozyptila lugubris (Kroneberg, 1875) in the Caucasus are linked to Xysticus tuberosus (Thorell, 1875) now (see Marusik & Mikhailov, 2021).
- Logunov & Ponomarev (2020) updated information on fossorial lycosids in the Caucasus, therefore Hogna bergsoei is of doubtful status and now listed on the Blacklist only. Records of Hogna/Lycosa alticeps actually belong to Karakumosa shmatkoi.
- Information on records in Schmidt (1895) is corrected, e.g. information on Lycosa alticeps (see above) and the actual location of „Aresch“ mentioned. Also the PDF is finally added.
- Prószyński (2017) removed Attulus vilis from synonymy with A. ammophilus and reported A. vilis from Armenia. Since both species are extremely similar to one another, especially the males, this raises the question of the species identity of the A. ammophilus records in the Caucasus. Until this is resolved in a revision of the Caucasian records, both „species“ are treated here under A. ammophilus.
- Zarikian (2020) added a number of salticid species to the Checklist Armenia and one species to the Checklist Caucasus: Afraflacilla epiblemoides.
- Mikhailov & Propistsova (2017) recorded a number of species from Armenia, among them a first record for the Caucasus: Pellenes arciger.
- Dimitrov (2020) described and recorded Proislandiana beroni from Turkey and Armenia.
- Tanasevitch et al. (2016) described two new species of linyphids from Adygea and Georgia: Asthenargus adygeicus and Maculoncus obscurus.
- Ponomarev & Shmatko (2019) updated information on Zelotes species in the Caucasus
- Ponomarev & Shmatko (2020) added new records for species in the genera Trachyzelotes and Marinarozelotes.
- Khasayeva & Huseynov (2019) recorded a number of species from Azerbaijan, among them the first record of Pseudicius palaestinensis for the Caucasus.
- Ponomarev et al. (2019): recorded Synaphosus shirin and Holocnemus pluchei for the first time in the Caucasus
Starting now in August 2017, the database will be updated in shorter intervalls with versionnumbers giving month and year, e.g. 08.2017. This should allow (and motivate) me to work on the database more often, not only in a bulk action every two years or so.
Version 08.2017 includes the newly described Clubiona caucasica Mikhailov & Otto, 2017 in the checklist Caucasus and excludes Clubiona caerulescens L. Koch, 1867, which can easily be confused with C. caucasica and has not yet actually been recorded from the Caucasus.
View all records of the new species and download the PDF from here.
Density of spider records in the Caucasus Ecoregion; gray: no records within 25-km-radius; white: 1 record; darkest red: 308 records. Read more …
Version 1.4.3 of the Caucasian Spider Database includes 13321 records of 1107 spider species, destilling the information distributed across 275 publications with occurrence data of spiders in the Caucaus Ecoregion.
Citation: Otto, S. (2015): Caucasian Spiders. A faunistic database on the spiders of the Caucasus. Version 1.4.3 Internet: http://caucasus-spiders.info/
New features on these pages include:
New content in the database includes:
- Utochkin (1968) with descriptions of three species: Xysticus caspicus, X. spasskyi (= X. umbrinus), X. ukrainicus.
- Mikhailova & Mikhailov (2002) with a number of records on the Lycosidae of the northern macroslope of the Caucasus Major
- Marusik et al. (2003) on P. azerifalcata and P. jergeniensis
- Kovblyuk & Marusik (2012) on Robertus golovatchi
- Ponomarev & Komarov (2013) on the spider fauna of North Ossetia-Alania added 637 records, including first records for the Caucasus for Porrhomma campbelli, Tiso vagans, Troxochrus scabriculus, Pardosa albatula, Ero cambridgei, Enoplognatha tecta, Theridium mystaceum, Ozyptila claveata, Titanoeca psammophila and possibly Gnaphosa reikhardi.
- Triliskauskas & Komarov (2013) with 21 records of orb-web spiders in North Ossetia
- Ponomarev & Abdurakhmanov (2014) with 107 records of spider species on the Caspian Coast of Dagestan
- Ponomarev & Chumachenko (2014) with 107 records of spider species, including the first record of Palludiphantes pillichi in the Caucasus
- Martinovchenko & Mikhailov (2014) with 210 records of spiders in Teberda Reserve with five first records in the Caucasus Ecoregion: Agyneta simplicitarsis, Alopecosa fabrilis, Thanatus striatus, Zora alpina and Zora manicata.
- Barjadze et al. (2015) with records of 13 species from caves in Georgian Karst Caves
- Otto & Tanasevitch (2015) with the description of Incestophantes shetekaurii from Assa Valley
Starting today, Caucasian Spiders runs under version number 1.4. New features implemented since the last version include:
Enjoy browsing! Feedback and constructive suggestions are always welcome!
This version should be cited like this:
Otto, S. (2014): Caucasian Spiders. A faunistic database on the spiders of the Caucasus. Version 1.4. Internet: http://caucasus-spiders.info/
Country checklists are now implemented.
The geodata in the database is updated: (almost) every location is now linked to lat/long coordinates as well as its GeoNameId. I also checked the geodata for mistakes. As the main result, the Checklist Caucasus and the record lists for every species now essentially represent the most recent information given in our OntoWiki project „caucasus-spiders.info Version 2.0“.
The location pages now contain a list with the species records from this location, e.g. Tbilisi.
In the next weeks I plan to include country checklists and to improve the publications page (… links to PDF files, BibTeX codes etc.).
Stay tuned …
The basic functions are now available:
- The Caucasus Checklist is now linked to single species datasheets
- The Species Datasheet (a sub-page of the Checklist Caucasus) now contains a map with the records and lists of original and cited records, which are linked to these locations and the relevant publication
- The Single Location page (a sub-page of Locations) now contains some basic information on a given location (e.g. its area, country, region), some geoinformation and a reference to its data on geonames.org