Jumping Spiders (a section of The Tree of Life web site)
Photos of the jumping spiders (family Salticidae) of the world, arranged according to the hierarchy of technical classification.
The World Spider Catalog
A technical resource for the serious arachnologist, listing all named spider species mentioned in recent literature.
North American Spider Lists
This new project of the American Arachnological Society provides checklists of named spider species of the USA and Canada, replacing the now-defunct "Nearctic Spider Database."
Washington Spider Checklist (1988)
Spiders of Wisconsin
Useful for the links to BugGuide photos of each species in 7th column.
Great Lakes Spider Database (Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois)
California Spider Checklist (1979-2004)
Alabama Spider Checklist (2006)
Medically Important Spiders
University of California Hobo Spider Page
This page contains some more recent information on the hobo spider, which has not been found in California. The old "hobo spider site" is obsolete.
Nina Sandlin's Brown Recluse Page
This article from the American Medical Association is the sole fully accurate general brown recluse information resource I know of. Most of the others are so bad they make me cringe!
eMedicine's Atrax Page
A fully authoritative medical account of Australian "funnel-web" envenomation, countering much of the hype on these spiders.
Demystifying Spider Venom and Spider Bites
Survey of all proven medically important spiders by Dutch arachnologist Ed Nieuwenhuys.
British Arachnological Society
Irresponsible British news media characterize false widow spiders (<emSteatoda spp.) as a horrible threat to life and limb; these articles give the facts about these practically harmless spiders.
- False Widow Spiders, Spider and Harvestman Recording Scheme Website
- False Widow Spiders, British Arachnological Society
- The “venomous daddy-longlegs” myth
- The “blush spider” myth
- The “brown recluse” myth
- The “thumb hoax” email
- "Deadly" banana spiders in the news
Urban Legends about Spiders from about.com
Several urban legends sites include spider material, but the above (compiled from other sites including www.snopes.com) is the most complete. What's more, they finally stopped calling spiders insects!
Amazingly "True Facts" about Spiders
This entertaining spoof is not a real myth! It lampoons the type of hoaxes widespread on the Internet. Pay attention to what you read!
About (and by) Rod Crawford
- Markku Savela's biological images (mainly from Finland)
- Wikimedia Commons
- Vanderbilt University Bioimages
Other photos are used courtesy of the photographers (who retain all rights), as credited. The photos by Bob Thomson were given by him to Rod Crawford (author of this page); the J.W. Thompson Co. photo of a yellow flower spider and the Margaret Davidson drawing of a hobo spider belong to the Burke Museum. A few drawings are by the author, but most are adapted from public domain sources, either non-copyright or copyright expired. Many of the line drawings are by classic arachnologist James Henry Emerton (1847-1930) in his late 19th century works on New England spiders.