Dr. Steffen Bayer, Dipl.-Biol.

Dr. Steffen Bayer, Dipl.-Biol.
Dr. Steffen Bayer, Dipl.-Biol.

Honorary associate

Phone: +49 721 175-2819
E-Mail: steffen.bayer@smnk.de


Research Interests

  • Taxonomy, Phylogeny & Systematics of spiders, especially psechrids
  • Taxonomic significance of pre-epigynes & pre-vulvae of entelegyne spiders
  • Functional morphology, Biodiversity


Activities at  the SMNK

  • Curatory work in the scientific collections, especially of Araneae
  • Collection data management using „Diversity Workbench“
  • Taxonomy of selected genera of  spiders (i.e. Odo, ZORIDAE)
  • Identification of collection material (especially Asian spiders
  • Maintenance and expansion of the database of zoological literature
  • Zoological fieldwork
  • Processing questions and requests of private persons and public institutions (matters of natural history)


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Selected Publications

Bayer S., Höfer H. & Metzner H. (2020):
Revision of the genus Corythalia C. L. Koch, 1850 in Latin America, part 1: emphasis on the South American representatives (Araneae: Salticidae: Salticinae: Euophryini). Zootaxa. in press
Bayer S., Höfer H. & Metzner, H. (2020):
Revision of the genus Corythalia C.L. Koch, 1850, part 1: Diagnosis and new species from South America (Araneae: Salticidae: Salticinae: Euophryini). Zootaxa. 4806: 1-144
Höfer H., Meyer F., Bauer T., Bayer S., Harry I. & Kastner L. (2019):
Überraschende Erstnachweise und neue Daten zu seltenen Spinnenarten (Arachnida: Araneae) aus Blockhalden in Baden-Württemberg. Arachnologische Mitteilungen. 58: 62-84  PDF-Download of the publication
Bayer S., Foelix R., Alderweireldt M. (2017):
An unusual new wolf spider species from the Erg Chebbi Desert in Morocco (Araneae: Lycosidae: Evippinae). Journal of Arachnology. 45: 344-355  PDF-Download of the publication
Astrin J. J., Höfer H., Spelda J., Holstein J., Bayer S., Hendrich L., Huber B. A., Kielhorn K.-H., Krammer H.-J., Lemke M., Monje J. C., Morinière J., Rulik B., Petersen M., Janssen H., Muster C. (2016):
Towards a DNA barcode reference database for spiders and harvestmen of Germany. PLOS ONE. 11: e0162624  PDF-Download of the publication
Bayer S. (2014):
Miscellaneous notes on European and African Cheiracanthium species (Araneae: Miturgidae). Arachnologische Mitteilungen. 47: 19-34
Bayer S. (2014):
Seven new species of Psechrus and additional taxonomic contributions to the knowledge of the spider family Psechridae (Araneae). Zootaxa. 3826: 1-54  PDF-Download of the publication
Bayer S. (2013):
Revision der Spinnenfamilie Psechridae (Arachnida: Araneae): Biodiversitätsforschung und Phylogenie mithilfe morphologischer und molekularer Methoden. Dissertation, Fachbereich 15 Biowissenschaften der Goethe-Universität., Frankfurt am Main: 1-302
Bayer S., Schönhofer A. (2013):
Phylogenetic relationships of the spider family Psechridae inferred from molecular data, with comments on the Lycosoidea (Arachnida: Araneae). Invertebrate Systematics. 27: 53-80
Bayer S. (2012):
The lace-sheet-weavers—a long story (Araneae: Psechridae: Psechrus). Zootaxa. 3379: 1-170
Bayer S. (2011):
Revision of the pseudo-orbweavers of the genus Fecenia Simon, 1887 (Araneae, Psechridae), with emphasis on their pre-epigyne. Zookeys. 153: 1-56
Bayer S., Jäger P. (2010):
Expected species richness in the genus Psechrus in Laos (Araneae: Psechridae). Revue suisse de Zoologie. 117: 57-75
Bayer S., Jäger P. (2009):
Heteropoda species from limestone caves in Laos (Araneae: Sparassidae: Heteropodinae). Zootaxa. 2143: 1-23
Bayer S. (2008):
Höhlenbewohnende Heteropoda-Arten aus Laos (Arachnida: Araneae: Sparassidae) – Eine kombinierte morphologisch-molekulare Analyse zur Klärung von Artgrenzen. Diplomarbeit (diploma thesis), Fachbereich Biologie der Philipps-Universität., Marburg: 1-112