Regional Working Groups

Regional arachnological working groups in Germany were the predecessor of the AraGes. e.g. the NORAA (Nordostdeutsche Arachnologische Arbeitsgemeinschaft) originating from a circle of arachnology in the Kulturbund of the DDR (German Democratic Republic), with annual meetings between 1978 and 1989. To date there are two working groups within AraGes: SARA – Südliche Arachnologische Arbeitsgemeinschaft - since 1989, uniting arachnologists from Bayern, Baden-Württemberg, Rheinland-Pfalz, Saarland, Hessen as well as from Austria, Switzerland and Slovenia, meeting regularly for information exchange. From 1993 to 2006 the arachnologists in North-West of Germany met under the name NOWARA (Nordwestdeutsche Arachnologische Arbeitsgemeinschaft), than became inactive, but was reactivated in 2023.

Contact persons


Mag. Christoph Hörweg
Naturhistorisches Museum Wien
3. Zoologische Abteilung
Burgring 7
A-1010 Wien
E-Mail: christoph.hoerweg(at)


Prof. Dr. Sascha Buchholz (he/him)
Animal Ecology Research Group
Institute of Landscape Ecology
University of Münster
Heisenbergstr. 2
48149 Münster, Germany
E-mail: saschabuchholz(at)