Dr. Souvik Sen


Dr. Souvik Sen


Highest Academic degree, year


Ph.D., 2011


Arachnida Section, Zoological Survey of India, Kolkata


Email Address;


Phone Number

+91 9433249256


Area of Expertise

Taxonomy, diversity, ecology, and distribution of Arachnids


Experience after Ph.D.

12 years


Significant Achievements (max 5 bullet points)

- Discovered 01 new genus and 30 new spider species

-Reported several species of spidersas new record to India

and also proposed new combinations for spiders

- Contribution to the taxonomy of arachnids with special

reference to spider

- Research on spiders as natural enemies of pest

- Research on diversityand distribution of arachnids



Supervising 01 Ph.D. student, and 01 M.Sc. internship in spider taxonomy and diversity. 01 Post Doctoral Fellow is also working on spider taxonomy under the mentorship.


Research Focus (max 5 bullet points)

- Taxonomic studies onarachnids

- Species diversity, ecology, and distribution patterns of


- Evolutionary relationships among different arachnid taxa

- Role of spider as biocontrol agent

- Role of arachnids as bio-indicators of habitat modification and

ecosystem changes



Recent publications-

- Sudhin, P.P. &Sen, S. 2023. Taxonomic notes on the crab spider genus Oxytate L. Koch, 1878 (Araneae: Thomisidae) from India. Zootaxa, 5315(6): 549-558.


-Sudhin, P.P., Sen,S.& Caleb, J.T.D. 2023. Two new Stenaelurillus species (Araneae, Salticidae, Aelurillina) from Western Ghats, India. Zoosystematics and Evolution, 99(1): 123-133.


- Sudhin P.P., Sen, S. &Caleb J.T.D. 2023. New species andrecords in the genus Phintella Strand, 1906 (Araneae: Salticidae: Chrysillini) from India. Arthropoda Selecta, 32(1): 80–88.


- Sen, S.& Sureshan, P. M. 2022. First report of the genus Heriaeus Simon, 1875 (Araneae: Thomisidae) from India with the description of a new species from Western Ghats. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington, 123(4): 847-851.


- Jwala, R., Sen, S.& Sureshan, P. M. 2022. Two new species of orb-weaving spiders of the genera Cyrtarachne Thorell, 1868 and Pasilobus Simon, 1895 (Araneae: Araneidae) from India. Annales Zoologici, Warszawa, 72(2): 217-222. 


- Sudhin, P.P., Sen, S., Caleb, J.T.D & Hegde, V.D. 2022. New species of Cocalus C. L. Koch, 1846 and Habrocestum Simon, 1876 (Araneae: Salticidae) from the southern Western Ghats of India.Arthropoda Selecta, 31(4): 486–492.


-Prasad, A. K., Roy, S., Sen, S., Neave, S., Nagpal, A., & Pandit, V. 2020. Impact of different pest management practices on natural enemy population in tea plantations of Assam special emphasis on spider fauna. International Journal of Tropical Insect Science. 40, 629–635.



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