PA Sebastian Centre for
Arachnology Research (PASCAR)
The centre was established in the year 1998 with the objective of conducting authentic studies on spiders of South India, especially in the state of Kerala. This is the only research centre in South India engaged in Arachnology research. The division functions under the Department of Zoology of Sacred Heart College, Thevara, Cochin, Kerala, India.
South Indian Spiders
A database of Common Spider Families from South India.
Museum for Arachinoids
Collection of 1200 specimens with systamatic documentation.
Routine faunal explorations in different parts of Kerala state.
Courses & Research
Research projects & Credit based courses on archinology.
awarded doctoral degree
finished and Ongoing
by this research centre
South Indian spider database
The South Indian spider database is a data collection of Indian spiders emphasis in the South India region. This database also includes Pseudo Scorpions, opinions, Millipedes and Centipedes. The use of this database is limited to, research, educational, non-commercial use. Contained data are publicly available under a CC BY license (Creative Commons Attribution).
Spiders are found worldwide on every continent except for Antarctica, at least 48,200 spider species, and 120 families have been recorded by taxonomists. We have data of 1869 species in 61 families.
There are more than 3,300 species of pseudoscorpions recorded in more than 430 genera. Our database have 120 number of Pseudo scorpions from 12 families identified in India.
over 6,650 species of Opiliones have been discovered worldwide, although the total number of extant species may exceed 10,000. We have data of 200 species of Opiliones in India.
There are 7,000 species of millipede in the world, and 1,400 of these occur in the United States and Canada. xxx Species identified in India. Our database have xxx species found in India.
Worldwide, an estimated 8,000 species of centipedes are thought to exist, of which 3,000 have been described. xxx Species identified in India. Our database have xxx species found in India.
Collection of 1200 specimens found in India with systamatic documentation.The Western Ghats collections have 275 species of spiders belonging to 139 genera of 39 families.
ASA 2020 (The 6th Conference and Meeting of the Asian Society of Arachnology) and the Asian Society of Arachnology (ASA) has decided to reschedule the event to December 20-23, 2021. More details are available in the website.
Homage to PA Sebastian
P. A. Sebastian, the eminent Indian arachnologist, ecologist and conservationist, passed away on 13 January 2021. He was one of the leading experts in India, who had sound knowledge on the taxonomy and biology of spiders.