Yuri Marusik

Full Name


Date of Birth



Laboratory of Biocenology, Institute for Biological Problems of the North, Russian Academy of Sciences, Portovaya Str. 18, Magadan 685000, Russia since 1984.


Graduated the Dept. of Entomology, Leningrad State University, 1984.

Master thesis

Fauna and spatial distribution of the orb-weaving spiders (Araneae: Araneidae, Tertragnathidae, Theridiosomatidae & Uloboridae) in Lagodekhi Reserve (East Georgia)”. 1984. Supervisor Prof. V. P. Tyshchenko

Ph.D. thesis

“Fauna and populations of spiders in the upper Kolyma (NE Siberia)”, defended in Leningrad State Univ. Supervisors Prof. V. P. Tyshchenko and Dr. D. I. Berman

Doctoral thesis

“Spiders (Arachnida: Aranei) of the Asian part of Russia: taxonomic diversity, fauna, zoogeography”. St. Petersburg State Univ.

Professional Affiliation

International Society of Arachnology, American Arachnological Society, Asian Society of Arachnology, European Society of Arachnology, British Arachnological Society, Eurasian Arachnological Society, Russian Entomological Society, Arachnological Society of Japan.

Membership of editorial boards

Arthropoda Selecta; Acta Arachnologica Sinica; ZooKeys, Zoology of the Middle East, Acta Zoologica Bulgarica, Zootaxonomica Rossica and Acta Biologica Sibirica. Scientific editor in five monographs and four special issues of Arthropoda Selecta, Eurasian Entomological Journal and Zootaxa.

Research interests

taxonomy, faunistics and zoogeography of all spider groups of the Old World; general zoogeographical divisions of the entire Holarctic Region, and subdivisions of the East Palaearctic; importance of the Beringian land bridge in the Siberian and northwestern North American spider faunogenesis; palaeontology of spiders

Scientific achievements

Published 9 monographs, and over 500 scientific papers in Soviet, Russian and international journals; described more than 600 new spider species and 50 supraspecific taxa. Most of his publications are dealing taxonomy and faunistics of spiders, however there are some publications dealing with ecophysiology, paleontology of spiders, biogeography of Heteroptera and Lumbricidae, morphology of scale insects, systematics of Collembola and Acari. Yuri Marusik participated in several international expeditions to Alaska & Yukon Territory (1993), Tuva, South Siberia (1995, 1996), Kuril Islands (1995, 1996, 1997), Sakhalin (2001), Mongolia (1997), Magadan Area (1983-1988, 1992, 1997, 2002), Maritime Prov. (1998, 2001), Tien-Shang (1995), Indian Himalaya (1999), Iran (2000, 2013), South Africa and Japan (2001), Azerbaijan (2001, 2003), Crimea (2002), Gambia (2008), Turkey (2009, 2010), Israel (2010, 2011, 2019), Sri Lanka (2012), Thailand (2018), South Africa (2013-2014, 2017, 2020).

Arachnological, entomological meetings

World International Congresses of Arachnology in Finland (1989), USA (1998, 2016)), South Africa (2001), Gent (2004), Brazil (2007), Poland (2010), Taiwan (2013), New Zealand (2019); American Arachnological Society meetings in Ottawa (1990), Gainesville (1994); European Congresses of Arachnology in Italy (1993), Czech Republic (1994, 2015), Slovakia (1999), Denmark (2000), Hungary (2002, 2018), Russia (2003), Bulgaria (2005), Spain (2006), Switzerland (2008), Greece (2009), Israel (2011), Slovenia (2012), Italy (2014), UK (2017); African Arachnological Meeting (2014, 2017), Russian Entomological Congresses (1989, 2002, 2007, 2012, 2017); Asian Arachnological Conferences India (2015), China (2017), Thailand (2018) and several other international and domestic


  • Marusik Yu.M., Logunov D.V. & Koponen S. 2000. Spiders of Tuva, South Siberia. IBPN FEB RAS, 252 pp.
  • Logunov D.V. & Marusik Yu.M. 2000. Catalogue of the jumping spiders of northern Asia (Arachnida, Araneae, Salticidae). Moscow: KMK Scientific Press Ltd.: 299 pp.
  • Logunov D.V. & Marusik Yu.M. 2003. A revision of the genus Yllenus Simon, 1868 (Arachnida, Araneae, Salticidae). Moscow: KMK Scientific Press Ltd.: 167 pp.
  • Gerlach J. & Marusik Yu.M. 2010. Arachnida & Myriapoda of the Seychelles islands. Siri Press. 435 pp.
  • Marusik Yu.M. & Kovblyuk M.M. 2011. Spiders of Siberia and Russian Far East. Moscow: KMK Press. 344 pp. [in Russian]
  • Zonstein S.L. & Marusik Yu.M. 2013. Checklist of the spiders (Araneae) of Israel. – Zootaxa, 3671(1): 1–127.
  • Mirshamsi O., Marusik Y.M., Zamani A., Moradmand M. & Kashefi R. 2015. Annotated checklist of the spiders of Iran (Arachnida: Araneae). Iranian Journal of Animal Biosystematics, Fauna iranica, 1: 1‒108.
  • Zonstein S. & Marusik Y.M. 2016. A revision of the spider genus Zaitunia (Araneae, Filistatidae). European Journal of Taxonomy, 214: 1‒97.