The person who studies spiders and other arachnids like scorpions, harvestmen, and pseudo scorpions is called an arachnologist. An arachnologist classifies arachnids and studies their biology. Arachnids are joint-legged invertebrate animals and have eight legs. Arachnid is from the Greek work arachne which means spider.
Arachnologists are sometimes called spider experts. Arachnology comprises the naming of species, deciding their evolutionary relationships with each other, scrutinizing and learning their interactions with other species, and how they are scattered in varied regions and environments.
Arachnolgists usually have an enthusiastic awareness in animals, and must not mind making close contact with spiders. They frequently should endure long hours out-of-doors in addition to traveling large distances.
Typically, an arachnologist must possess a university degree and sometimes advanced degrees which involve biology, entomology, or zoology.
Qualified arachnologists are in employment as freelancers or by institutions of higher education, government agencies, zoos, museums, and other organizations.
Duties and Responsibilities
An arachnologist mainly takes care of arachnids and make sure that the species are well preserved and taken care of. Arachnologists are mainly accountable for categorizing arachnids and learning characteristics of their biology. In the well-liked imagination they are every now and then referred to as ‘spider experts’. Disciplines inside arachnology comprise naming species and determining their evolutionary relations to one another, which is called systematics and taxonomy, studying how they interrelate with other associates of their kind and/or their surroundings also called behavioural ecology. They are also responsible for making sure how they are disseminated in different areas and habitats (faunistics).
Some conduct studies and research regarding the structure or anatomy of scorpions and spiders, also their physiology, including the venom of spiders and scorpions. Other arachnologists study the effects of spiders in farming bionetworks and if they will be able to be used as organic control agents.
Arachnologists main role is to promote the exchange of thoughts involving researchers, to put in order gatherings and congress. They also produce academic journals about arachnology to spread its interest to the public and raise awareness about the arachnids.
Salary and Compensation
The salary or compensation of proficient arachnologists differs by institution, location and experience. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the average annual compensation/wage for arachnologists or wildlife biologists was $55,290.*
*According to the BLS, http://www.bls.gov/oco/