The Checklist of the Spiders of Iran (Arachnida: Araneae) --- Version 2019


Content of this website follows the latest physically published version of the checklist of Iranian spiders by Mirshamsi et al. (2015a), and is aimed to be updated annually. Contents of each version are according to those publications published by the end of the year before.

Geographical distribution and taxonomic status of the species are mostly given according to the World Spider Catalog (2018) and current catalogs of European and Caucasian spiders and spiders of the Former Soviet Union. Papers of Ghavami published before 2006, and data regarding papers presented in conferences (before 2006) are referenced to Ghavami (2006). Records of families and genera without determination of the species (e.g. Amaurobiidae, Cicurina, Cercidia) are not referenced in this catalog.

The reference format for each species is as follows:

Genus species:  Author(s), year of publication:  the page which the species is discussed, figures of the species (sexes with figures).

The lack of colon after the genus and species name refers to the original description of the species. Species published without illustrations of the genital organs are referenced as “distribution record”. Species marked with asterisk are endemic to Iran, and species marked with caret are sub-endemic (occurring in Iran and neighboring countries). When necessary, we have provided comments on species distribution, species status or possible misidentifications. Some species records are doubted in the following cases: 1) Roewer is known by his misidentifications, some of his material were examined and found to be misidentified in species and genera; and/or when species was not reported later and unknown in adjacent countries; 2) records by non-taxonomists, and when the known distribution range of the species lies far from Iran (not known in adjacent Central Asia, Caucasus, Turkey, Levant). Note that borders and number of provinces were not stable, and number of provinces has increased by time. Therefore, old records can refer to another modern province.