Arachnida: Araneae

Orb weaver spider spins a web.
Orb-weaver spider, Eriophora transmarina.
Courtesy of Fir0002/Flagstaffotos/Wikimedia Commons

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.

We regret to inform that due to economic austerity, including loss of collections support staff, associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, loans from the AMNH Collections of Arachnida and Myriapoda will be drastically curtailed for the foreseeable future. Scientists remain welcome to visit the collections to study material, once the AMNH has reopened and it is safe to do so, and limited funding sources are available to support that:

- Collections Study Grants

- Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Fund

Curator-in-Charge: Lorenzo Prendini

Museum Specialist: Pio Colmenares

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.