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12:30 Registration opens (until 22:00)

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13:30General Introduction
13:45Lyons et al.
 Eight Legged Models Hit The Runway! :  How venomous spiders are useful models for investigating the role of ecological factors in driving predator-prey evolution
14:00 Montiglio et al. 
 Effect of resource availability on the web structure of female western black widows: Do physiological trade-offs constrain web structure?
14:15 Lubin
 Disappearing widows: an unsolved mystery
14:30coffee break
 Black widows on an urban heat island: the behavior, ecology and evolution of an urban arthropod pest
15:00Mowery et al.
 Invasive brown widow spiders avoid egg sac parasitism and predation despite high densities 
15:15Makover et al.
 The defense mechanisms of Brown Widow spider eggs against bacterial invasion
15:45Golobinek et al.
 Body size, not personality, explains both male mating success and sexual cannibalism in a widow spider
16:00Sentenská et al.
 Immature mating and re-mating in a cannibalistic spider: Does lower male investment lead to higher female re-mating rates?
16:15Andrade et al.
 Control, context, and choosiness: Flipping the lens to see female plasticity in Latrodectus species
16:30Uludag et al.
 Genetic architecture of SSD and male self‐sacrificial traits in asexually cannibalistic widow spider
17:00Condy et al.
 ‘Wreck of the hesperus’: Cryptic species discovered within the Western Black Widow spider (Latrodectus hesperus) using mitochondrial and nuclear DNA
17:15Miller et al.
 A revised phylogeny of the widow spider genus Latrodectus
17:30Final discussion
18:00 Welcome reception (until 22:00)
08:45 Welcome address
09:00Plenary talk
 Arie van der Meijden
Comparative functional morphology and biomechanics of scorpions
10:30Beydizada* & Pekár
 Personality predicts mode of attack in a generalist ground spider predator
10:45 ter Haar* et al.
 Male vibratory courtship does not affect female predatory behaviour in the cursorial spider, Pisaura mirabilis
11:00 Parthasarathy et al.
 Hunger and not personality determines task participation in a spider society
11:15Joel et al.
 Analysis of prey handling reveals an unsuspected use of cribellate nanofibers
 Deflective patterns through the eyes of a jumping spider
11:45De Agrò
 Antero-lateral eyes input reverses the response to biological motion in a jumping spider
10:30Zarikian & Dilbaryan
 Spiders diversity (Arachnida: Araneae) in the Northern forests of Armenia
10:45 Řezáč
 Spiders newly observed in Czechia in recent years – overlooked or invasive species?
11:00 Nicolosi* et al.
 Alien arachnids in caves
11:15Tahir CANCELLED
 Biodiversity of spiders from the cotton growing areas of Punjab, Pakistan
 Araneofauna in the Republic of Moldova: past and future
11:45Arvidsson* & Birkhofer
 Assembly processes in spider communities from the Swedish Malaise Trap Project
14:00Kralj-Fišer et al.
 Sex-specific body size architecture explains the evolution of sexual-size dimorphism
14:15 Hendrickx et al.
 A masculinizing supergene underlies the male dimorphism of Oedothorax gibbosus
14:30 Jäger
 „Love bites“ in Sparassidae Bertkau 1872—more usual than thought?
 Evaluating existence of female pre-existing biases for novel visual traits in nocturnal arthropods
 Monogyny and introgression in New Zealand fishing spiders (Dolomedes)
15:15Sharma et al.
 Discovering the developmental genetic basis for chelicera fate specification and postembryonic sexual dimorphism
14:00Harms et al.
 BIO-GEEC: The German-Ecuadorian Biodiversity Consortium. A new era of biodiversity (and spider) research?
14:15 Framenau & Metzner
 The Fauna Portal Australia - a web-based diagnostic platform documenting undescribed species
14:30 Vanthournout et al.
 SPIN-CITY*: can spiders adapt to city living?
14:45Gloríková* et al.
 Atypus karschi Dönitz, 1887 (Araneae: Atypidae): an Asian purse-web spider established in Pennsylvania, USA
15:00Hörweg et al.
 Dangerous arachnids in war: how to better protect soldiers of the Austrian Armed Forces in Africa from scorpions, spiders and ticks!
15:15Kuriakkattil Baby* & Ambalaparambil Vasu
 Seasonal dynamics in the diversity of long jawed spiders (Araneae: Tetragnathidae) in Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary of Western Ghats, India
16:00Ramírez et al.
 The diversity and evolution of spider spinning organs
16:15 Wolff et al.
 Repeated evolution of extreme locomotor performance independent of changes in web use in Austral brown spiders (Amaurobioidea/Dictynoidea)
16:30 Adrián Serrano* et al.
 Good things come in small packages: Exploring the potential of Low-coverage genome sequencing for evolutionary research in spiders
16:45Liznarova et al.
 Evolution of genome size and DNA base composition in entelegyne spiders
17:00Ortiz et al.
 Museomics and the evolution of color and size in Zodarion ant-eating spiders
17:15Kulkarni & Sharma (online)
 Nailing the horseshoe: Reconciliation of Xiphosura gene and species trees reveals ancient hybridization as driver of whole genome duplication
16:00Johnson, Ji.* et al.
 Forest refugia of the Western Ghats of India – a ‘museum’ of ancient pseudoscorpion lineages
16:15 Hlebec* & Harms
 Biodiversity patterns of pseudoscorpions in the Dinaric Karst
16:30 Ambalaparambil Vasu & Neisseril Anirudhan
 Community structure of spiders in the Indian Thar desert
16:45Machač et al.
 Under the hoofs of herds: spiders and harvestmen of two grazing reserves in the Czechia
17:00Mowery et al.
 Endosymbiont diversity across native and invasive brown widow spider populations
17:15Mathilakath Dasan* et al.
 Guild structure analysis of spiders in different habitats of Thar desert
19:00 Poster session
09:00Plenary talk
 Kasey Fowler-Finn
 Harvestmen mating dynamics across variable social and ecological contexts
10:30Milano* et al.
 Trends in habitat suitability of water spiders in Europe: a conservation perspective
10:45 Samu et al.
 Patterns of a quarter century decline of spiders in arable ecosystem
11:00 Isaia et al.
 Spiders, cave and global warming: a Descent into the Maelström
 Structural stabilization function of spider web decorations
11:30Hopfe* et al.
 Fantastic silks and where to find them: A correlation of habitat variables and spider silk properties
11:45Philip* & Sam
 Top-down control of spiders in temperate and tropical forests
14:00Zvik* et al.
 Ecological aspects of the enigmatic myrmecophile scorpion Birulatus israelensis (Arachnida: Scorpiones)
14:15 Kongarampilly Rajendran* & Ambalaparambil Vasu
 Effect of habitat complexity on web pattern in orb web builders (Araneae: Araneidae)
14:30 Kandampully Baji* et al.
 A preliminary study on the habitat association of lynx spiders from the Western Ghats of India
14:45Schnerch* et al.
 Spiders and their prey in integrated pest management and organic apple orchards in Eastern Germany
15:00Pekár et al.
 Ecological specialisation and reproductive isolation among closely related sympatric ant-eating spiders
 Short and long term effects of applying prescribed burn in heathlands on spider and harvestmen assemblages

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16:15 Gajski* et al.
 The winter activity and natural diet of winter-active spiders on pear trees
16:30 Anđelić Dmitrović*
 Ground and above-ground spiders’ predatory choices: their biocontrol potential in Mediterranean vineyards and olive orchards
16:45Gravesen et al.
 Greenland glacier foreland research: Combining DNA gut content analysis with SEM and GLMM shows bottom-up and top-down mechanisms
 Spiders as a monitoring tool for arthropod biodiversity – gut content metabarcoding and its uses
17:15Kennedy et al.
 Maximizing return on investment: HTS and Nanopore sequencing for spider phylogenetics
17:30Domènech et al.
 For all audiences: Incorporating immature stages into standardised spider inventories has a major impact on the assessment of biodiversity patterns
17:45Šet* et al.
 Spider web eDNA as a tool for web ecology research
 eDNA – a new application for monitoring spider diversity?
18:15Krehenwinkel & Kennedy

Mid week excursions

Excursion A: UNESCO city of Stralsund (contact: Monika Eberhard)

Excursion B: Island of Rügen (contact: Christoph Muster & Gabriele Uhl)

Excursion C: Peene River (contact: Jonas Wolff)

09:00Plenary talk
 Elizabeth M. Jakob
 Visual attention in jumping spiders
10:30Eskov & Marusik
 Comaroma is not an anapid spider (Arachnida, Araneae, Araneoidea)
10:45 Dupérré & Tapia
 Seeing with new eyes - A peculiar new Araneoid from the Ecuadorian Amazon region-
11:00 Gavish-Regev et al.
 Speciation and eye evolution in two parthenogenetic species of Sarax (Amblypygi) from the Levant
11:15Raveendran Sudha* et al.
 Revisiting ‘the common wolf spider’ of western ghats Pardosa sumatrana (Thorell, 1890) in light of genitalic polymorphism
11:30Armiach Steinpress* et al.
 Lycosa piochardi Simon, 1876 - Population structure in a variable species
 Species delimitation in allopatric Pardosa using ddRAD sequencing
14:00Simone* et al.
 Physiological and ecological consequences of a functional trade off in scorpion chelae
14:15 Müller & Uhl
 Feeling with a fingernail: Extero-proprioreceptive sensilla in the pretarsal claws of the wasp spider Argiope bruennichi (Arachnida: Araneae)
14:30 Talukder* et al.
 Chemosensing in spiders: a behavioral and ultrastructural perspective
14:45Poy* et al.
 MicroCT analysis of the copulatory mechanism reveals an active female participation in the genital coupling of the entelegyne spider Aysha proseni (Anyphaenidae)
15:00Lin et al.
 Diversifcation through gustatory courtship: prosomal shapes and glands and their convergent evolution
15:15Rivera-Quiroz & Miller (online)
 The usability of legacy material: a micro-CT approach
16:15 Sharma
 The implications of arachnid paraphyly and the future of chelicerate phylogenomics
16:45 Garwood & Dunlop
 The fossil record of chelicerates and their phylogeny
 Evolutionary morphology and the phylogeny of chelicerates
17:45Panel discussion
19:00Congress dinner
 Straze (Stralsunder Straße 10)
09:30Plenary talk
 Julien Pétillon
 Ecology and conservation of European salt‐marsh spiders
11:00Arnedo et al.
 Of liars and gluttons, explaining asymmetries in species richness across the red devil spiders (Araneae, Dysderidae)
11:15 Miller et al.
 Little brown bugs: machine learning on challenging collections
11:30Bellvert* et al.
 Different ecomorphs affect the species response to ecological release in red devil spiders (Araneae: Dysderidae) on islands
11:45Kim* et al.
 Detecting cryptic diversity in Korean endemic harvestmen (Arachnida, Opiliones, Kaolinonychus) using integrative taxonomy and machine learning methods
14:00Piano & Isaia
 Trait-mediated response to urbanization in spiders: a case study in the city of Torino (NW-Italy)
14:15 Cotoras et al.
 Early detection of an invasive harvestman in an oceanic island? Remarkable findings of Parabalta reedii (Opiliones, Gonyleptidae) in the Juan Fernández archipelago, Chile
14:30 Černecká et al.
 Parasitation rate of web-building spiders by hymenopteran parasitoids depends on elevation, habitat, and spider traits
14:45Birkhofer et al.
 Scale-dependent drivers of the prey composition in spiders
15:00Workshop Wildlife Trade 
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16:30coffee break
17:00ESA General Assembly, Awards and Closing Ceremony
19:30Peace Party @ Mensa-Club

Poster 01: Amiar et al.
A comparison of two widely-used methods for estimating taxonomic and functional diversities of spiders in some temperate grasslands

Poster 02: Apple et al.
Natural history and genetic variation of an introduced European ant-mimicking spider, Myrmarachne formicaria, in western New York

Poster 03: Bartel* & Dunlop
A forgotten world: Amber harvestmen as a window into past diversity

Poster 04: Baumgart* et al.
Change of mechanical characteristics in spider silk capture threads after contact with prey

Poster 05: Djoudi et al.
Body size and short distance mobility are modulated by field farming system and local habitat characteristics

Poster 06: Dolejš & Kyralová
Historical collection of Greek spiders (Arachnida: Araneae) in the National Museum in Prague (Czech Republic)

Poster 07: Gajdoš et al.
Salt marshes - important habitats for epigeic spider communities

Poster 08: Ganem* et al.
Effect of guano type and cave zoning on the metabolic rate of Mediterranean recluse spider (Loxosceles rufescens)

Poster 09: Geci
On the alien-invasive spiders (Arachnida, Araneae) from Republic of Kosovo

Poster 10: Gloríková* et al.
Attraction or repelling effects of commercial plant essential oils on the synanthropic Cheiracanthium mildei (Araneae: Cheiracanthiidae)

Poster 11: Gravesen et al.
DNA barcoding of Oreoneta frigida (Thorell 1872) individual from Greenland shows close genetic relationship with O. montigena from the Alps but is a different species from other barcoded O. frigida individuals from Canada, Norway and Russia

Poster 12: Isaia et al.
The tell-tale spider - a new species of Troglohyphantes (Araneae: Linyphiidae) from Corsica reveals unexpected biogeographic connections

Poster 13: Kontos* & Martens
The Diversity of Nemastomatidae (Opiliones: Dyspnoi) in Greece

Poster 14: Marusik et al.
“From childhood's hour I have not been as others were” - On the monotypy of Vesubia jugorum (Araneae, Lycosidae)

Poster 15: Matsui* et al.
Mate guarding behavior conditionally changed in Phalangium opilio, a phalangiid species with male dimorphism

Poster 16: Metzner* & Framenau
The Fauna Portal Australia - a web-based diagnostic platform documenting undescribed species

Poster 17: Meyer* et al.
Nanofiber processing by cribellate spiders

Poster 18: Milano* et al.
Conservation status of Troglohyphantes (Araneae: Linyphiidae) across the Alps and the North-western Dinarides

Poster 19: Nicolosi* et al.
Niche segregation in Meta spiders (Araneae, Tetragnathidae) on Mount Etna (Sicily, Italy)

Poster 20: Noske* et al.
SEM analysis of chemoreceptors on the mouth parts of two spider species with different lifestyles (Argiope bruennichi, Pisaura mirabilis)

Poster 21: Oberweiser* & Eberhard
Male vibratory performance during courtship of Pisaura mirabilis

Poster 22: Ortiz-Movliav* & Uhl
When it gets warm in winter: Phenotypic plasticity in a cold adapted population of a range expanding spider

Poster 23: Pavlek et al.
Comparative genetic structure across co-occurring spiders with contrasting levels of cave adaptation and foraging strategies 

Poster 24: Piano et al.
Competitive exclusion in cave-dwelling spiders

Poster 25: Purgat* & Gajdoš
Influence of habitat conditions and agriculture management on the epigeic spider communities of the Little Carpathian viticulture landscape of Modra region

Poster 26: Raška
Potential for use of jumping spiders as pest control agents

Poster 27: Řezáč et al.
The sublethal effects of neonicotinoids on spiders are independent of their nutritional status

Poster 28: Samu et al.
Can gap cutting help to preserve forest spider communities?

Poster 29: Santiago-Rivera* et al.
Dissecting the role of the silk protein MaSp2 in the dragline silk mechanical properties in Parasteatoda tepidariorum using CRISPR-Cas9

Poster 30: Schöneberg*
From field to museum: Harnessing the power of third generation sequencing to establish a simple and cost-effective multiplex approach for spider taxonomy

Poster 31: Simon et al. (Samu)
Detection of potential biocontrol agents in cereal fields

Poster 32: Simone* et al.
Metabarcoding analysis of different portions of the digestive tract of scorpions (Scorpiones, Arachnida) following a controlled diet regime shows long prey DNA half-life

Poster 33: Steiger* et al.
Immature mating in Parasteatoda tepidariorum? - Is genital development related to alternative mating tactics?

Poster 34: Šoltysová & Pekár
Evolution of prey specialization in crab spiders (Araneae: Thomisidae)

Poster 35: Tsiareshyna
Effect of bacteria presence on spider silk mechanical performance 

Poster 36: Urfer et al.
To sample where no one sampled before: Species composition of dwarf spiders from a pitfall trap project in the northern Swiss alps

Poster 37: Viel* et al.
Large-scale prevalence of an endosymbiont in the range expanding spider Zodarion rubidum Simon 1914

Poster 38: Weißbach* et al.
Cribellate thread production as model for spider’s spinneret kinematics

Poster 39: Wiśniewski et al.
Harvestmen (Opiliones) in the mires of Poland

Poster 40: Abida Guidara et al.
Body-size variation in Nemesia males and the description of the smallest species thus far recorded (Araneae, Mygalomorphae, Nemesiidae)