Assistant Professor Dr. Booppa Petcharad

Biology of Spiders is my interest for research. Thai spiders are my focus group.

I am focusing on spider communities in forest and agricultural habitats. I and my colleague described several new species of Thai spiders suggesting that a huge number of Thai spiders is waiting to discover. I and my colleauge sometimes explain feeding behavior of certain Thai spiders. Among high diversity of spiders expected in Thailand, spider web and silk are challenging issues to explore and describe as a basic knowledge of material and architectural application. I always enjoy to explore aspects of silk property as my hobby. I also really enjoy to support reseach team of microorganisms to find the novelty of interaction between microbes and spiders.

Selected publications

Tanikawa, A. & Petcharad, B. 2023. Leviaraneus, a new genus of Araneidae (Arachnida: Araneae) from Asia. Acta Arachnologica. 72(2): 119-127. December.


Suzuki, Y. & Petcharad, B. 2023. First record of Gardena melinathrum (Heteroptera: Reduviidae) from Thailand with a note on its predation of an araneophagic spider. Journal of Asia-Pacific Biodiversity. 16(4): 702-709. December. 


Tanikawa, A., Into T. & Petcharad, B. 2023. A new species of Larinia (Araneae: Araneidae) discovered in rice fields in Thailand. Acta Arachnologica. 72(1): 55-58. June.  


Tanikawa, A. & Petcharad, B. 2023. Two new species of Liphistius (Araneae: Liphistiidae) from Thailand. Acta Arachnologica. 72(1): 1-8. June.


Mammola S., Malumbres-Olarte J., Arabesky V., et al. 2022. The global spread of misinformation on spiders. Current Biology. 32: R71-R73. August.

Mongkolsamrit, S., Noisripoom W., Tasanathai K., Kobmoo N., Thanakitpipattana D., Khonsanit A., Petcharad B., Sakolrak B. & Himaman W. 2022. Comprehensive treatise of Hevansia and three new genera Jenniferia, Parahevansia and Polystromomyces on spiders in Cordycipitaceae from Thailand. MycoKeys. 91: 113-149. July 


Kuephadungphan, W., Petcharad, B., Tasanathai, K., Thanakitpipattana, D., Kobmoo, N., Khonsanit, A., Samson, R.A. & Luangsa-ard, J.J. 2022. Multi-locus phylogeny unmasks hidden species within the specialised spider-parasitic fungus, Gibellula (Hypocreales, Cordycipitaceae) in Thailand. Studies in Mycology. 101 (April): 245-286. 


Mammola, S., Malumbres-Olarte, J., Arabesky, V. et al. 2022. An expert-curated global database of online  newspaper articles on spiders and spider bites. Scientific Data 9(109) March: 1-12. 


Tanikawa, A., Yamasaki, T. & Petcharad, B. 2021. Two new genera of Araneidae (Arachnida: Araneae). Acta Arachnologica 70(2) December: 87-101. 


Tanikawa, A. & Petcharad, B. 2021. A new species of Larinia (Araneae: Araneidae) from Thailand. Acta Arachnologica. 70(1) June: 11-16.    


Rivera-Quiroz, F. A., Petcharad, B., & Miller, J. A. 2021. First records and three new species of the family Symphytognathidae (Arachnida, Araneae) from Thailand, and the circumscription of the genus Crassignatha Wunderlich, 1995. ZooKeys. 1012 Jan: 21–53.


Suzuki, Y., Petcharad, B., Into, T. & Tanikawa, A. 2020. Field observation on predation of an orb web spider (Araneae: Araneidae) by the corinnid sac spider, Corinnomma severum (Araneae: Corinnidae). Acta Arachnologica. 69(2) December: 69-75.


Rivera-Quiroz, F. A., Petcharad, B., & Miller, J. A. 2020. First records and a new genus of comb-tailed spiders (Araneae: Hahniidae) from Thailand with comments on the six-eyed species of this family. European Journal of Taxonomy. 724(1) November: 51–69.


Rivera-Quiroz, F.A., Petcharad, B., & Miller, J.A. 2020. Mining data from legacy taxonomic literature and application for sampling spiders of the Teutamus group (Araneae; Liocranidae) in Southease Asia. Scientific Report 10 September. 15787.


Kuephadungphan, W., Tasanathai, K, Petcharad, B., Khonsanit, A., Stadler, M. & Luangsa-ard, J. J. 2020. Phylogeny- and morphology-based recognition of new species in spider-parasitic fungus Gibellula from Thailand. Mycokeys. 72 September: 17-42. 


Rivera-Quiroz, F.A., Schilthuizen, M., Petcharad, B., & Miller, J.A. 2020. Imperfect and askew: A review of asymmetric genitalia in araneomorph spiders (Araneae: Araneomorphae). PLoS ONE. 15(6) June: e0220354.

Pfingstl, T., Lienhard, A., Shimano, S., Yasin, Z.B., Tan Shau-Hwai, A., Jantarit, S. & Petcharad, B. 2019. Systematics, genetics, and biogeography of intertidal mites (Acari, Oribatida) from the Andaman Sea and Strait of Malacca. Journal of Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research. 57(1) Feb: 91-112.


Tanikawa, A. & Petcharad, B. 2018. A new species of Cyclosa (Araneae: Araneidae) from Southeast Asia. Acta Arachnologica. 67(2) December: 87-90. 


Petcharad, B., Kosulic, O. & Michalko, R. 2018. Insecticides alter prey choice of potential biocontrol agent Philodromus cespitum (Araneae, Philodromidae). Chemosphere. 202 July: 491-497. 


Petcharad, B., Miyashita, T., Gale, G.A., Sotthibundhu, S. & Bumrungsri, S. 2016. Spatial patterns and environmental determinants of community composition of web-building spiders in understory across edges between rubber plantations and forests. Journal of Arachnology. 44(2): 182-193. 


Huber, B.A., Koh, J.K.H., Ghazali, A.R.M., Braima, K.A., Nuñeza, O.M., Leh Moi Ung, C. & Petcharad, B. 2016. New leaf- and litter-dwelling species of the genus Pholcus from Southeast Asia (Araneae, Pholcidae). European Journal of Taxonomy. 200: 1-45.   


Huber, B.A., Petcharad, B., Leh Moi Ung, C., Koh, J.K.H. & Ghazali, A.R.M. 2016. The Southeast Asian Pholcus halabala species group (Araneae, Pholcidae): new data from field observations and ultrastructure. European Journal of Taxonomy. 190: 1-55.


Huber, B.A., Petcharad, B. and Bumrungsri, S. 2015. Revision of the enigmatic Southeast Asian spider genus Savarna (Araneae, Pholcidae). European Journal of Taxonomy. 160: 1-23.


Tanikawa, A. and Petcharad, B. 2015. A new species of Cyrtophora (Araneae: Araneidae) from Thailand. Acta Arachnologica. 64: 17-20.


Petcharad, B., Bumrungsri, S., Douangboubpha, B. and Tanikawa, A. 2014. The first records of Cyclosa bifida (Araneae: Araneidae) from Thailand and Laos with redescription of the male and female. Acta Arachnologica. 63: 27-30.


Ponksee B. and Tanikawa A. 2010. A new species of the spider genus Oilinyphia (Araneae: Linyphiidae) from Thailand. Acta Arachnologica. 59(1): 43-44.



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