Elena Grall



Elena Grall

Ph.D. student

My PhD research focusses on the evolution of eye reduction in the spider genus Sinopoda. These spiders are distributed nearly in whole Asia, with some species inhabiting caves, and others dwelling outside of caves. The genus shows different levels of eye reduction, from 8 eyes to complete loss of eyes. I will use morphological and phylogenetic methods to investigate the temporal and spatial evolution of eye reduction.

Grall, E. & Jäger, P. (accepted) Five new species of the spider genus Nesticella Lehtinen & Saaristo 1980 from Laos, Thailand and Myanmar proposing a new diagnostic character for the family Nesticidae Simon 1894 (Arachnida: Araneae). Zootaxa.