The Indian Society of Arachnology seeks to explore the rich, yet untapped arachnid diversity of India, contributing to the nation through field study and research at the highest level of excellence, for sustainable conservation.

Currently, 46,358 valid species of spiders belonging to 113 families and 4026 genera have been reported globally, of which 1700 species from 60 families are known from the country (World Spider Catalog, 2016).

Dr. Norman I. Platnick is thanked for undertaking the Herculean task of publishing the first online version of his World Spider Catalog in the year 2000, with bi-annual updates per year. Presently managed by the Natural History Museum Bern (Switzerland), the catalog remains the most comprehensive database of species information and free to download references, and may be accessed at: http://wsc.nmbe.ch