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Invertebrate Zoology Department

Herb Levi

Faculty-Curator Emeritus, Professor of Biology, Emeritus


I study the taxonomy of new world araneid spider genera. My latest project is a revision of the genus Cyclosa.

My research facilitates identification of invertebrate animals, especially orb-weaving spiders. It has made possible identification of 1500 species in 66 genera in the Americas, and makes possible other research with these animals. Taking one genus at a time, the work illustrates diagnostic characters, makes keys for non-specialists, and provides data for phylogeny.

A collection of my drawings of orb weavers' genitalia is available online.