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Dimitar Dimitrov
Dimitar Dimitrov
Natural History Museum
University of Oslo
P.O. Box 1172 Blindern
NO-0318 Oslo, Norway

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Ph.D. Zoology (2005). University of Barcelona. Spain
Diploma of Advanced Studies (2003). University of Barcelona. Spain.
D.S.P.U. in environmental management (1999). MaiCh. C.I.H.E.A.M. Greece
M.S. Biology (1998). Sofia University "Saint Climent Ohridsky". Bulgaria.


Postdoctoral Researcher. Natural History Museum, University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway.
Mercator Fellow of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)
Affiliate Member. ESI (Evolutionary Studies Institute) at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa.
Research Associate. Center for Macroecology, Evolution and Climate, Zoological Museum, University of Copenhagen. Copenhagen, Denmark.
Adjunct Research Associate . Department of Biological Sciences, The George Washington University. Washington, D.C., USA.

Research Interests

- Spider taxonomy, evolution and systematics
- Molecular systematics, phylogenetics, phylogenomics, computational systematics
- Macroecology, biodiversity modeling and conservation, biogeography and phylogeography


Huber B.A., Dimitrov D. 2014. Slow genital and genetic but rapid non-genital and ecological differentiation in a pair of spider species (Araneae, Pholcidae). Zoologischer Anzeiger 253(5): 394-403. (doi:10.1016/j.jcz.2014.04.001)

Holt B.G.*, Lessard J-P.*, Borregaard M.K., Fritz S.A., Araújo M.B., Dimitrov D., Fabre P-H., Graham C.H., Graves G.R., Jønsson K.A., Nogués-Bravo D., Wang Z., Whittaker R.J., Fjeldså J., Rahbek C. 2013. Response to Comment on “An Update of Wallace’s Zoogeographic Regions of the World”. Science 341(6144): 343. (doi:10.1126/science.1237541) * - equal contribution.

Dimitrov D. , Astrin J., Huber B. 2013. Pholcid spider molecular systematics revisited, with new insights into the biogeography and the evolution of the group. Cladistics 29(2):132–146. (doi:10.1111/j.1096-0031.2012.00419.x)

Holt B.G.*, Lessard J-P.*, Borregaard M.K., Fritz S.A., Araújo M.B., Dimitrov D., Fabre P-H., Graham C.H., Graves G.R., Jønsson K.A., Nogués-Bravo D., Wang Z., Whittaker R.J., Fjeldså J., Rahbek C. 2013. An update of Wallace's zoogeographic regions of the world. Science 339(6115):74-78. (doi:10.1126/science.1228282) * - equal contribution. Published on-line on December 20 2012 as Science Express highlights

Dimitrov D. Nogués-Bravo D., Scharff N. 2012. Why Do Tropical Mountains Support Exceptionally High Biodiversity? The Eastern Arc Mountains and the Drivers of Saintpaulia Diversity. PLoS ONE 7(11): e48908. (doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0048908)

Fabre P-H., Hautier L., Dimitrov D., Douzery E. 2012. A glimpse on the pattern of rodent diversification: a phylogenetic approach. BMC Evolutionary Biology: 12: 88. (doi:10.1186/1471-2148-12-88) – highly accessed

Dimitrov D., Lopardo L., Giribet G., Arnedo M.A., Álvarez-Padilla F., Hormiga G. 2012. Tangled in a sparse spider web: single origin of orb weavers and their spinning work unravelled by denser taxonomic sampling. Proceeding of the Royal Society B 279: 1341-1350. (doi:10.1098/rspb.2011.2011)

Giribet G., Sharma P., Benavides L., Boyer S.L., Clouse R., de Bivort B., Dimitrov D., Kawauchi G., Murienne J., Schwendinger P. 2012. Evolutionary and biogeographic history of the harvestman suborder Cyphophthalmi (Arachnida, Opiliones) — an ancient and global group of arachnids. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 105: 92-130. (doi:10.1111/j.1095-8312.2011.01774.x)

Dimitrov D., Hormiga G. 2011. An extraordinary new genus of spiders from Western Australia with an expanded hypothesis on the phylogeny of Tetragnathidae (Araneae). Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 161:735-768. (doi:10.1111/j.1096-3642.2010.00662.x)

Dimitrov D., Hormiga G. 2010. Mr. Darwin’s mysterious spider: On the type species of the genus Leucauge White, 1841 (Tetragnathidae, Araneae). ZOOTAXA 2396:19–36.

Dimitrov D., Álvarez-Padilla F., Hormiga G. 2010. On the phylogenetic placement of the spider genus Atimiosa Simon, 1895 (Tetragnathidae, Araneae) and the circumscription of the genus Dolichognatha O.P.- Cambridge, 1869. American Museum Novitates 3683:1-19. PDF available via the AMNH research library

Dimitrov D., Benjamin S.P., Hormiga G. 2009. A revised phylogenetic hypothesis for the genus Clitaetra Simon, 1889 (Araneidae, Nephilidae) with the first description of the male of the Sri Lankan species Clitaetra thisbe Simon, 1903. Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology 159(6):301-323. (doi:10.3099/0027-4100-159.6.301)

Álvarez-Padilla F., Dimitrov D., Giribet G., Hormiga G. 2009. Phylogenetic relationships of the spider family Tetragnathidae (Araneae, Araneoidea) based on morphological and DNA sequence data. Cladistics 25(2):109-146. (doi:10.1111/j.1096-0031.2008.00242.x)

Dimitrov D., Hormiga G. 2009. Revision and cladistic analysis of the orbweaving spider genus Cyrtognatha Keyserling, 1881 (Araneae, Tetragnathidae). Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History 317:1-140. PDF available via the AMNH research library (very large file).

Benjamin S.P., Dimitrov D., Gillespie R.G., Hormiga G. 2008. Family ties: molecular phylogeny of crab spiders (Araneae: Thomisidae). Cladistics 24(5):708-722. (doi:10.1111/j.1096-0031.2008.00202.x)

Dimitrov D., Arnedo M.A., Ribera C. 2008. Colonization and diversification of the spider genus Pholcus Walckenaer, 1805 (Araneae, Pholcidae) in the Macaronesian archipelagoes: Evidence for long-term occupancy yet rapid recent speciation. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 48(2):596-614. (doi:10.1016/j.ympev.2008.04.027)

Dimitrov D., Álvarez-Padilla F., Hormiga G. 2008. Until dirt do us apart: on the unremarkable palp morphology of the spider Sternospina concretipalpis Schmidt & Krause, 1993, with comments on the genus Prionolaema Simon, 1894 (Araneae, Tetragnathidae).  ZOOTAXA 1698:49-56.

Dimitrov D., Ribera C. 2007. The genus Pholcus (Araneae, Pholcidae) in the Canary Islands. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 151:59-114.

Dimitrov D., Álvarez-Padilla F., Hormiga G. 2007. The female genitalic morphology of the orb weaving spider genus Agriognatha (Araneae, Tetragnathidae). Journal of Morphology 268:758-770.

Dimitrov D., Ribera C. 2006. Three new species of Pholcus (Araneae, Pholcidae) from the Canary Islands with notes on the genus Pholcus in the archipelago. Journal of Arachnology 34(1):126-134.

Dimitrov D., Ribera C. 2005a. Description of Ossinissa, a new pholcid genus
from the Canary Islands (Araneae: Pholcidae). ZOOTAXA 982:1-13.

Dimitrov D., Ribera C. 2005b. Pholcus vachoni n. sp. (Araneae, Pholcidae) una
nueva especies de Agadir (Marruecos). Revista Ibérica de Aracnología 11:3-6.

Borisova N., Antonova V., Delov V.,
Dimitrov D. 2005. Using GIS and remote
sensing in biogeography assessment in the karst terrain of Chepan Mountain and
Dragoman marshland (W Bulgaria). - In: Biodiversity, Ecosystems, Global
Changes. (Chipev, N., Bogoev,V. Eds.), I-st National Conference in Ecology,
Sofia, pp. 75-82.

Dimitrov D., Ribera C. 2003. Pholcus intricatus (Araneae, Pholcidae) una nueva
especie endémica de Tenerife (Islas Canarias). Revista Ibérica de Aracnología

Dimitrov D., Lazarov S. 2002. Contribution to the Study of Spiders (Araneae) in Chepun Mountain and Dragoman Swampland (NW Bulgaria). Acta zoologica
bulgarica 54(2):47-53.

Web publications and resources

Dimitrov, D. 2009. Key to the species of the genus Cyrtognatha Keyserling, 1881 (Araneae, Tetragnathidae). Review version 1.0. online at Key to the species of the genus Cyrtognatha Keyserling, 1881 (Araneae, Tetragnathidae)

Dimitrov, Dimitar. 2009. Pholcidae. Daddy-longleg spiders. Version 12 February 2009 (under construction). in The Tree of Life Web Project,

Dimitrov, Dimitar and Gustavo Hormiga. 2009. Tetragnathidae Menge 1866. Version 09 March 2009 (under construction). in The Tree of Life Web Project,

Alvarez-Padilla, F., D. Dimitrov, and G. Hormiga. 2009. TetraGen: Tetragnathid Genera of the World (Araneoidea: Tetragnathidae), An Illustrated Catalog. Pre-release version 1.0. The George Washington University, online at

Hormiga, G., D. Dimitrov, J.A. Miller, and F. Alvarez-Padilla. 2008. LinyGen: Linyphioid Genera of the World (Pimoidae and Linyphiidae), An Illustrated Catalog. Version 2.0. The George Washington University, online at