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Dr. Peter Jäger

Dr Peter Jäger 

Head of Arachnology

Fax: 069/746238 

  • Taxonomy, systematics, zoogeography, and evolution of huntsman spiders (Araneae: Sparassidae)
  • Spiders in Laos
  • Functional analysis of copulatory organs
  • Neozoa in Central Europe

Julia Altmann 

Julia Altmann

Technical Assistent

Tel. 069/7542-1336

  • Spiders in Germany and Europe
  • Wildcats in Germany, Bats worldwide
Steffen Bayer 

DR. Steffen Bayer

Research Associate


  • Project staff, collection management
 M.Sc. Majid Moradmand

Dr. Majid Moradmand



  • Revision of the huntsman spider genus Eusparassus (Arachnida: Araneae: Sparassidae) with morphological and molecular methods.
 Maryam Rajabi

Maryam Rajabi

Master Student


  • Investigations on the relative size of male copulatory organs in true spiders (Arachnida: Araneae).

Elena Grall

Cand. M.Sc. Elena Grall 

Master Student


  • What calls a nesticid a cave? Investigations on Nesticidae in Laos (Arachnida: Araneae).
Janine Ferreira

Janine Ferreira


Georeferencing distributional data of the huntsmans spiders (Araneae: Sparassidae).

 Prof. Dr. Jochen Martens

Prof. Dr. Jochen Martens

Honorary Scientist


  • Bioacoustics of birds as evolutionary factor
  • Biodiversity in the Nepal-Himalaya
  • Systematics and Phylogeny of Arachnida 
 Dr. Manfred Grasshoff

Dr. Manfred Grasshoff

Honorary Scientist, Former Curator 


  • Evolutionary Reserach
  • 'Konstruktions-Morphologie'
  • Taxonomy, Systematics and Evolution of Araneidae
 Axel Schoenhofer

Dr. Axel Schönhofer

Research Associate


  • Revision of Trogulidae)
  • Taxonomy and Systematics of Opiliones in Central Europe, South Africa and the Americas
  • Presently: Project staff, collection management
 Reinhard Gerecke

Dr. Reinhard Gerecke

Research Associate


  • Taxonomy, Systematics, Ecology and Zoogeography of Hydrachnidia.




Steffen Bayer (2007-2013)
- Cave-dwelling Heteropoda species from Laos (Arachnida: Araneae: Sparassidae) – A combined morphological-molecular analysis to elucidate species limits (Diploma, University Marburg).
- Revision of the spider family Psechridae (Arachnida: Araneae): biodiversity research and phylogeny with moprhological and molecular methods (Dissertation, University, Frankfurt am Main).

Pascal Eusemann (2006) Taxonomic revision of Heteropoda tetrica Thorell 1897 (Arachnida: Araneae: Sparassidae) - With Notes on variability and geographic distribution (Diploma, University Mainz)

Rory Jaekel (2011) Faunistic ecological investigations on Linyphiidae (Arachnida: Araneae) in alluvial forests in the "Unteres Kinzigtal" (South Hesse). (Diploma, University Trier)

Markus Kaufmann (2007): Ecofaunistic analysis of the spider fauna (Arachnida: Araneae) of the Rhine islet "Grün" with a detailed introduction to the general biology of spiders. (State Examination thesis, University Koblenz-Landau)

Henrik Krehenwinkel (2007) Taxonomic studies on Heteropoda languida (Araneae: Sparassidae) from SE Asia. (Practical Training, University Bochum)

Dirk Kunz (2003-2006) GBIF-Project "Registration of Type Material". Sparassidae of South Africa and Namibia (DAAD). Since 2012: German Federal Bank.

Majid Moradmand (2009-2013) Revision of the huntsman spider genus Eusparassus (Arachnida: Araneae: Sparassidae) with morphological and molecular methods.  (Dissertation, University, Frankfurt am Main). since 2014: Institute of Zoology, Isfahan University, Iran.

Thomas Noergaard (2007-2008) Comparative investigations on the nest-building behaviour of two desert-dwellering huntsman spiders: Leucorchestris arenicola from Namibia and Cebrennus villosus from Tunisia (Araneae: Sparassidae). (Post-Doc) (DAAD)

Liphone Nophaseud (2010-2013) Spiders in forests in Odoumxai Province, Laos (Arachnida: Araneae). (MSc National University of Laos, Vientiane, Lao PDR).

Matthias Reinke (2006) Microscopical anatomy of copulatory organs of true spiders (Arachnida: Araneae) based on various histological methods. (Diploma, University Frankfurt am Main)

Cristina A. Rheims (2007) Análise cladística dos gêneros de Sparassidae Bertkau (Arachnida, Aranea). (Dissertation, Universidade de Sao Paulo). Since 2012: Butantan Institute, Sao Paulo.

Frederik Steinmetz (2007) Studies on a Heteropoda species by means of morphology, ecology and courtship behaviour(Araneae: Sparassidae: Heteropodinae). (Diploma, Free University Berlin)

Vincent Vedel (2004-2005) Sparassidae (Heteropodinae) in South and Southeast Asia.

Blerina Vrenozi (2010-2012) Taxonomische und ökologische Untersuchungen an Webspinnen (Arachnida: Araneae) in Albanien (Tirana District) (Dissertation, Universität Tirana, Albania) (DAAD). Since 2013: University Tirana, Albania.