Ian Engelbrecht

Ian Engelbrecht is an associate researcher with the University of Pretoria, with an interest in taxonomy and conservation of mygalomorph spiders, scorpions, and other invertebrates. He completed a PhD on trapdoor spiders in 2015, and an MSc in Conservation Biology at the University of the Witwatersrand in 2005. He has previously worked at the Agricultural Research Council Biosystematics Division, Gauteng Nature Conservation, and the private sector. He also has an interest in information systems and how they may be leveraged to better answer conservation and biodiversity related questions, and is currently employed by the South African National Biodiversity Institute working on collections digitization for natural history museums. He has described four new species of spiders to date, and coordinates the Baboon Spider Atlas and ScorpionMap citizen science projects.


New collection records for Theraphosidae (Araneae, Mygalomorphae) in Angola, with the description of a remarkable new species of Ceratogyrus

John M. Midgley, Ian Engelbrecht ,2019

During 2015 and 2016 several baboon spider specimens (Araneae: Theraphosidae) were collected in central Angola during surveys undertaken for the Okavango Wilderness Project. These collections represent range and habitat extensions for Pterinochilus Pocock, 1897, Ceratogyrus Pocock, 1897 and Phoneyusa Karsch, 1884. The new species Ceratogyrus attonitifer sp. n. is described from female specimens and the distribution of genera mapped. Central and eastern Angola is severely under sampled for theraphosid spiders, with every species collected during the survey either being potentially new to science or representing a significant range extension for the genus.

Species described or mentioned