Special Issue "Systematics and Evolution of Spiders"

A special issue of Diversity (ISSN 1424-2818). This special issue belongs to the section "Animal Diversity".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 September 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Dimitar Dimitrov

Natural History Museum, University Museum of Bergen, University of Bergen, Norway
Interests: spider taxonomy, evolution, and systematics; molecular systematics, phylogenetics, phylogenomics, computational systematics; macroecology, biodiversity modeling and conservation, biogeography, and phylogeography. In my current research I aim to understand how underlying evolutionary and ecological process generate and maintain biodiversity through time and space
Guest Editor
Dr. Sara Goodacre

University of Nottingham, School of Life Sciences, Nottingham, United Kingdom
Interests: evolutionary biology and ecology of spiders; population genetics and genomics; interaction between spiders and their bacterial endosymbionts; diversification of spider silk gene families. My research uses molecular genetic tools to study patterns of variation within and among species in order to understand the factors that explain this diversity

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Spiders are among the most diverse organismal groups on Earth, yet there are still major gaps in our knowledge about their evolutionary history and current diversity. In recent years, the number of large-scale phylogenetics studies and the introduction of “omics” approaches to spider systematics has significantly advanced our understanding of higher-level spider relationships. At the same time, we still know relatively little about their macroevolution and large-scale diversity patterns. Such knowledge is crucial to understand the drivers of current spider diversity and distributions and assess the threats to which they are exposed by global warming, habitat destruction, and contamination.

This Special Issue aims to gather manuscripts on diverse topics related to spider systematics and evolution that enhance our understanding of (1) their macroevolutionary patterns; (2) their current richness and distributional patterns; and (3) the potential effects of global warming on spiders’ future diversity and distributions.

Dr. Dimitar Dimitrov
Dr. Sara Goodacre
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Phylogenetics
  • Biogeography
  • Phylogeography
  • Diversification
  • Biodiversity
  • Speciation
  • Host–parasite co-evolution

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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