Prof Dr Hab
|Education|| Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań |
University of Wrocław
|Institutions||University of Wrocław|
|Thesis||A revision of the genus Heliophanus CL Koch, 1833 (Aranei: Salticidae) (1984)|
Wanda Wesołowska (born 1950) is a Polish zoologist known for her work with arachnids. Her research focuses on the taxonomy, biology and zoogeography of jumping spiders.
Wesołowska started studying biology at the Faculty of Biology and Earth Sciences in Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań in 1968. Her original interest was ornithology. She achieved her MSc in Biology for her work Obserwacje ptaków wodno-błotnych zbiornika zaporowego na Wiśle pod Włocławkiem w okresie wędrówek (Observations of Wetland Birds on a Dam Reservoir on the Vistula River in Wloclawek during Migration) which was published in Acta zooogica Cracoviensia in 1973.
After graduating, she took a role at what is now the University of Natural Sciences and Humanities (then Wyższa Szkoła Pedagogiczno-Rolnicza) in Siedlce where she developed her lifelong interest in the jumping spider family (Salticidae). She stayed at Siedlce until moving to the University of Wroclaw in 1978 to start her doctoral study. She achieved a doctorate in natural sciences in 1984 and since then has been successively an Assistant, Assistant Professor and Associate Professor at the University. She was awarded Habilitation on the basis of her work A Revision of the Spider Genus Menemerus in Africa (Araneae: Salticidae), published in the Genus, and in 2009 was made a Professor of the institution. During her career, much of her work has involved work in Africa, including the taxonomy of Festucula , Harmochirus , Maltecora , Massagris and Menemerus , and the biodiversity of spider ecology.
She is a member of the African Arachnological Society, International Society of Arachnology, Polskie Towarzystwo Taksonomiczne and Polskie Towarzystwo Zoologiczne.
As of April 2017, the World Spider Catalog lists the following taxa described by Wesołowska:
Dendryphantes is a genus of jumping spiders that was first described by Carl Ludwig Koch in 1837.
Euophrys is a genus of jumping spiders that was first described by Carl Ludwig Koch in 1834. The small black E. omnisuperstes lives on Mount Everest at elevations up to 6,700 meters, possibly making it the most elevated animal in the world.
Evarcha is a genus of spiders in the family Salticidae with 85 species distributed across the world.
Habrocestum is a genus of jumping spiders first described in 1876. They mostly occur in Eurasia and Africa, though one species has been found in Australia and another on the Solomon Islands.
Heliophanus is a genus of the spider family Salticidae. Most of the almost 170 described species occur in Africa, with many others found in the Palearctic region from Europe to Japan.
Langelurillus is a spider genus of the Salticidae family. All the described species occur only in Africa.
Tanzania is a genus of African jumping spiders that was first described by A. Ö. Koçak & M. Kemal in 2008. They are very small spiders, with body lengths ranging from 1.5 to 3 millimetres. Both sexes look alike, but the females are sometimes darker. It is related to the Euophrys and Talavera.
Menemerus is a genus of jumping spiders that was first described by Eugène Louis Simon in 1868. They are 4 to 10 millimetres long, flattened in shape, and very hairy, usually with brown and grayish hairs. Most species have white edges on the thorax. The abdomen is often oval, or sometimes elongated or rounded.
Mexcala is a genus of jumping spiders that was first described by George and Elizabeth Peckham in 1902. The name is probably derived from the Nahuatl mezcal.
Phlegra is a genus of jumping spiders that was first described by Eugène Louis Simon in 1876. The name is a reference to a mythical location in both Greek and Roman mythology.
Plexippus is a genus of jumping spiders that was first described by Carl Ludwig Koch in 1846. It is considered a senior synonym of Hissarinus and Apamamia.
Pseudicius is a genus of the jumping spiders first described by Eugène Simon in 1885. The name is combined of Greek pseudo "false" and the salticid genus name Icius. The small genus Wesolowskana should possibly be included in this genus. There is some dispute whether Afraflacilla is a distinct genus or should be included in Pseudicius. Festucula and Marchena are other close relatives, these genera form a monophyletic group.
Rhene is a spider genus of the Salticidae family.
Thyenula is a genus of African jumping spiders that was first described by Eugène Louis Simon in 1902.
Tusitala is a genus of jumping spiders that was first described by George and Elizabeth Peckham in 1902. The name is Samoan, meaning "writer of stories". It is considered a senior synonym of Blaisea.
Heliophanillus fulgens is a jumping spider species in the genus Heliophanillus that can be found in a large distribution that extends from Greece to Central Asia.