Senckenberg Research Institute and Natural History Museum Frankfurt

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

Elena Grall

Elena Grall 

PhD Student


  • How fast eyes dissapear: phylogenetic and evolutionary analysis of the huntsman spidr genus Sinopoda.
 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.




Dr. Steffen Bayer (2007-2013) email, Staatliches Museum für Naturkunde, Karlsruhe
- 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).

Frank Cooley (2014)
- Georeferencing distributional data of the huntsmans spiders (Araneae: Sparassidae).

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

Janine Ferreira (2014)
- Georeferencing distributional data of the huntsmans spiders (Araneae: Sparassidae).

MSc Elena Grall (2013-2014)
- What calls a nesticid a cave? Investigations on Nesticidae in Laos (Arachnida: Araneae).

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)

Dr. Henrik Krehenwinkel (2007) email
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.

Dr. Majid Moradmand (2009-2013) email, University of Isfahan
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.

Dr. 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).

Maryam Rajabi (2010-2014) Investigations on the relative size of male copulatory organs in true spiders (Arachnida: Araneae).

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

Dr. Cristina A. Rheims (2007) email, Butantan Institute, Sao Paulo
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)

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

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