Arachnida: Araneae


For loan and visitation requests, please complete the Loan/Visitation Form. Please submit visitation requests at least two weeks prior to your anticipated arrival date.

Donors, please refer to the Invertebrate Zoology policies regarding the deposition of material.

Curator-in-Charge: Lorenzo Prendini (

Collections Assistants: Louis Sorkin

World Spider Catalog

The American Museum of Natural History houses the world's largest collection of spiders, with well over a million specimens and over 4,000 primary types amassed by Curator Emeritus Norman Platnick. The collection is used extensively by most of the world's arachnologists. The geographic scope is worldwide, with special strengths in New World areas.