The goal of the Spider Parasite Digital Research (SPDR) Collection is to maintain and preserve specimen pairs of spiders and their parasites, each identified, sequenced, georeferenced, and photographed and all provided freely online in a searchable database. It is meant to serve as both a biodiversity collection and a catalog of ecological interactions. The collection contains fungi, nematodes, bacteria, and parasitoids, all maintained alongside their spider hosts. The SPDR Collection also aims to serve as an archive for literature associated with spider-parasite interactions and photographs of parasitized spiders from around the world.
If you find any spider parasites in the field or emerging from lab animals, please contact us. We will gladly give those specimens or photographs of them a home in this collection.
Spider Parasite Digital research collection
Link to Araneopathogenic Fungi Project on iNaturalist