Molecular phylogeny of pholcid spiders: first attempt
(published in Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 2005;  PDF)

Photo: Artema atlanta

In 2001 I initiated a project at the University of Vienna, aiming at the first molecular phylogeny of pholcid spiders. When I left Vienna, the work was taken over by Branka Bruvo who did an excellent job in finishing the project. It was obvious that these were preliminary results, as both the numbers of taxa and genes were small, but the study provided a useful basis for further research on the molecular phylogeny of pholcid spiders. Due primarily to the constraint of getting access to fresh DNA-ready material, it took seven years for the next step, with significant increases in taxa and genes, but still far from 'complete' (published in 2013 in Cladistics).