Frequently Asked (or should be frequently asked) Questions

What does this do?
This is a database of published descriptions of behavior of spiders and other arachnids (mites, scorpions, etc.) You can enter a taxon name (mostly species) in the taxon search box and see a list of published behaviors for that taxon and links to the publication where they were mentioned.
OK, but what does it really do right now?
Currently there are annotations for several taxa (including Tetragnatha, Deinopis, Cupiennius salei, Leucauge mariana). You can enter a taxon name in the taxon box and if there are behavior annotations for the taxon, they will be listed. If the taxon is in the current taxonomy (a chunk of NCBI) but no behavior is listed, it will return a table with a link to the taxon term - currently this is the entry in OntoBee (not very useful), but this will change to point to the NBCI or alternative taxonomy page. Note that the publication links are now live and point to the publication's doi which will redirect to the publisher's page. Eventually each pub will have it's own generated page both to handle pubs without doi's or other URL's but also to provide information about the publication relative to this database.
There are also a couple of behavior terms that are available in a taxon cross-reference table (try 'posture' or 'predator behavior'). Note that there have been a number of corrections and improvements to site recently. The third form will have cross references for participants (either anatomical parts or components of the environment - prey, substrates, etc.).
Leucauge mariana is the first non-NCBI taxon and is represented by its LSID in the World Spider Catalog
What about the other Arachnids?
There are a couple of mite and scorpion papers in the initial collection. More will be added. The initial taxonomy includes all arachnids listed in NCBI plus additional taxa as needed by curation.
What about common names in the taxon search?
This is under consideration. If you want to see this, voice your support at curation at
How about a language other than English?
This site gets a lot of hits from outside the English speaking world. Support for other languages is in the planning stages. If you want to voice support for a particular language, please send it to curation at
Can I report a problem with the website?
Technical problems can be reported to admin at
What about a problem or error in the data?
Curation issues, requests, suggestions to curation at

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Arachnolingua imports terms from these Ontologies

NeuroBehavior Ontology
OBO ontology for behavior
NCBI taxonomy (generated OWL file in OBO foundry)
Taxonomy (only Arachnid taxa and the path to 'root')
Spider Biology Ontology
Mostly anatomy of spiders
Information Artifact Ontology
Vocubulary used for talking about descriptions of behavior
Relations Ontology
Vocabulary of relations among and between entities and processes
Basic Formal Ontology
Root terms for all OBO ontologies

In addition, several other ontologies (ECO, GO, PATO, CHEBI, UBERON, ENVO, PCO) provide terms available to curators.

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