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Header Images: Opilionid by Joe Warfel, Lynx Spider by Brian Reynolds, Lasiochernes cretonatus Pseudoscorpion by Anonymous.

Purpose of the American Arachnological Society

The purpose of the American Arachnological Society is to further the study of Arachnids, foster closer cooperation and understanding between amateur and professional arachnologists, and to publish the Journal of Arachnology. It accomplishes this purpose in three main ways:

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Meetings- The society hosts an annual meeting for professional and amateur arachnologists and students interested in arachnology to share research and ideas.
graduate students at 2012 AAS meeting
Supporting Graduate Studies- The society promotes undergraduate and graduate studies in arachnology by providing grants for travel to meetings and research, by recognition of high quality student presentations and posters at the annual meetings, and by providing information on graduate study opportunities in the field of arachnology.
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Publications- The society publishes a refereed research journal, the Journal of Arachnology, three times a year. It also publishes the Spiders of North America-An Identification Manual, and the Common Spiders of North America.