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VI Latin American Congress of Arachnology - Virtual
December 14-18, 2020
The sessions will take place between Monday the 14th of December and Friday the 18th of December, with participation via Zoom. There will be spaces for master conferences, symposiums, oral and poster presentations. The virtual event will also feature photography and illustration contests, and social events. Please visit https://congaracno2020.wixsite.com/vicla?lang=en for more information.

Postdoctoral researcher opportunity at the University of Kentucky to investigate endosymbiont interactions and population dynamics in a Linyphiid spider (more information).
(Jen White, University of Kentucky, July 10, 2020)

Press Release: Scorpion Bathroom Hygiene in the Age of Coronavirus

With toilet paper shortages in the news, we find out how scorpions deal with bathroom hygiene. In a paper just published in the Journal of Arachnology, Laís M. Pordeus and colleagues report that when a scorpion releases nitrogenous waste, it cleans this waste from the anus by dragging the abdomen along the ground. Like the fastidious beasties they are, the scorpions then use vigorous zig-zag movements against the substrate to ensure that the waste is cleared from the body. This careful bathroom hygiene prevents awkward problems resulting from a blocked body opening and may keep a scorpion in the good graces of whatever other scorpion it may want to attract. Toilet paper shortages are of no concern to these members of the animal kingdom!
Paula Cushing, Denver, June 30, 2020

Spiders of North America: an Identification Manual is now available as an epub!

You can purchase this manual as an electronic publication through amazon.com. Amazon sells epubs only as Kindles. If you do not have a Kindle reader, you can purchase an e-version of the manual directly from the publisher, Baker & Taylor publishing. The e-version retails for $39.99 US. Proceeds from the sale of this e-version of the manual directly support the American Arachnological Society.


The ASA meeting has been postponed to November 22-25, 2021

The 6th Conference and Meeting of the Asian Society of Arachnology is jointly organised by Sacred Heart College and Devamatha College, both affiliated to Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam.

The ASA conferences are annual meetings of Asian and international arachnologists who are working on Asian and other regional arachnids. The conference is returning to India after 5 years (3rd Conference at Amaravati). We particularly welcome participation by students and academia members from all fields of arachnological research, such as taxonomy and systematics, evolutionary biology, behaviour, ecology, biogeography, physiology, developmental biology, molecular biology, conservation biology, and many others.



From Dr. Anita Aisenberg (22ica.uy@gmail.com)-- please contact her directly with any questions!

We are pleased to announce that the next meeting of the International Society of Arachnology will be held at Piriápolis (Maldonado, Uruguay) from March 6 to March 11, 2022.

Uruguay is a peaceful and open-minded small country located at the South East of South America, between Argentina and Brazil. Our country has a long tradition in Arachnology, reflected by the large number of researchers working in various disciplines including taxonomy, systematics, ecology and animal behavior, using arachnids as model systems.

We look forward to sharing our landscapes, tastes and traditions with the Arachnological community. See you here in 2022!

Anita Aisenberg 

In representation of the Organizing Committe of the 22nd International Congress of Arachnology in Uruguay

Contact: 22ica.uy@gmail.com

Instagram: @22ica22