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Szűts Tamás


Szűts Tamás

habilitated (Habil), Ph.D.
Department of Zoology
Position: Senior Research Fellow
Institute for Biology
(1) 478 4100
Rottenbiller Street 50, Ground floor 19.


I am Dr. Tamás Szűts, a senior employee of the Department of Ecology. At the department, I teach and organize the subjects Biogeography, Zootaxonomy and Field Practice III for BSc students. I teach courses in Detailed Taxonomy, Exotic Zoology, Microscopic Photography and Molecular Zoology for Master’s students. My broad area of research interest is the taxonomic and systematic research of spiders, as well as the detection and interpretation of patterns in their biogeography and evolution. In addition to my higher education duties, I also participate in the Hungarian and English university preparatory programs of ÁTE.


Main research areas:

  • taxonomy of tropical spiders (Africa, New Guinea, Middle East).
  • taxonomic revision of domestic spiders
  • taxonomy of different families of spiders (choking spiders, bull spiders, cross spiders, jumping spiders).
  • evolution and biogeography of spiders
  • molecular taxonomy

Topic management

MSc students: 2

BSc students: 5

TDK theses: 1

Optional thesis topics

Examination of jumping spiders of New Caledonia (taxonomy, DNA barcode)

Study of jumping spiders of New Guinea (taxonomy, DNA barcode)

Molecular taxonomy of bull spiders

Study of jumping spider reproductive organ evolution

Evolution of spinnerets in arachnids



2019-Present University of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Ecology

2018 2017 Habilitation, University of Veterinary Medicine

2011-2018 ELTE SEK, Department of Biology

2010- 2011 California Academy of Sciences, Schlinger Arachnology Postdoctoral Research Fellow

2009- 2017 Carlsberg Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Entomology, Zoological Museum and University of Copenhagen

2006-2008 Marie Curie Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Entomology, Zoological Museum and University of Copenhagen

1999-2005 Hungarian Natural History Museum Zoo

1999-2004 MTA TKI Zootaxonomy Research Group

1994-1999 József Atilla University certified biologist


Publication list (Top10) MTMT | Google ScholarORCID

Szűts, T., Zhang, J. X., Gallé-Szpisjak, N. & De Bakker, D. Jumping spiders (Araneae: Salticidae) of the Papua New Guinean Mount Wilhelm and surrounding mountains. In: Robillard, T., Legendre, F., Villemant, C. & Leponce, M. (eds.) Insects of Mount Wilhelm, Papua New Guinea – volume 2Mémoires du Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle 2020; 214: 521-555.

Wesołowska W, Szűts T. A revision of the genus Pochyta Simon, with descriptions of new species (Araneae: Salticidae: Thiratoscirtina). Zootaxa. 2021 Oct 13;5052(1):1-41. doi:10.11646/zootaxa.5052.1.1

Maddison WP, Szűts T. Myrmarachnine jumping spiders of the new subtribe Levieina from Papua New Guinea (Araneae, Salticidae, Myrmarachnini). ZooKeys. 2019 842:85. doi:10.3897/zookeys.842.32970

Zamani A, Altin ÇA, Szűts T. A black sheep in Eresus (Araneae: Eresidae): taxonomic notes on the ladybird spiders of Iran and Turkey, with a new species. Zootaxa. 2020 4851(3):zootaxa-4851. doi:10.11646/zootaxa.4851.3.6

Scharff N, Coddington JA, Blackledge TA, Agnarsson I, Framenau VW, Szűts T, Hayashi CY, Dimitrov D. Phylogeny of the orb‐weaving spider family Araneidae (Araneae: Araneoidea). Cladistics. 2020 36(1):1-21. doi:10.1111/cla.12382

Miller JA, Griswold CE, Scharff N, Řezáč M, Szűts T, Marhabaie M. The velvet spiders: an atlas of the Eresidae (Arachnida, Araneae). ZooKeys. 2012 (195):1-144. doi:10.3897/zookeys.195.2342

Chousou‐Polydouri N, Carmichael A, Szűts T, Saucedo A, Gillespie R, Griswold C, Wood HM. Giant Goblins above the waves at the southern end of the world: The biogeography of the spider family Orsolobidae (Araneae, Dysderoidea). Journal of Biogeography. 2019; 46(2):332-42. doi:10.1111/jbi.13487

Blackledge TA, Scharff N, Coddington JA, Szűts T, Wenzel JW, Hayashi CY, Agnarsson I. Reconstructing web evolution and spider diversification in the molecular era. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 2009; 106(13):5229-34. doi:10.1073/pnas.0901377106

Szűts T, Zalai B, Villepoux O, Buchholz S, Eichardt J, Zhukovets E, Oger P, Szinetar C. On the identity of the Palearctic species of the wolf spider genus Trebacosa (Araneae: Lycosidae). Zootaxa. 2017; 4216(4): 4216. doi:10.11646/zootaxa.4216.4.6

Wheeler WC, Coddington JA, Crowley LM, Dimitrov D, Goloboff PA, Griswold CE, Hormiga G, Prendini L, Ramírez MJ, Sierwald P, Almeida‐Silva L. … Szűts, T. … The spider tree of life: phylogeny of Araneae based on target‐gene analyses from an extensive taxon sampling. Cladistics. 2017; 33(6):574-616. doi:10.1111/cla.12182


(Updated: 2022. September 15th)