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Dr Stoyan Lazarov. Photo: (c) S. Lazarov
Dr Stoyan Lazarov. Photo: (c) S. Lazarov

Stoyan Lazarov

(Associate Professor Dr)
phone: (+359 2) 9885116 (ext. 667); e-mail:

Born: 24 August 1968, Panagyurishte.
Education: MSc (1994): Faculty of Biology, Sofia University [Spiders of Sashtinska Sredna Gora]; Dr (1999): Institute of Zoology at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences [thesis: Faunistic, zoogeographical and ecological research on spiders in Sashtinska Sredna Gora].

Participation in 27 scientific research expeditions studying the fauna of spiders in Bulgaria, Macedonia, Croatia, Montenegro, Greece, Turkey, Georgia.

Participant in over 40 movies with animals (‘Mystery of the seas’, ‘Killer Rats’, ‘Back Way’, ‘Conan’, ‘Mosquito’, ‘Mega Smake’, ‘Limo’, ‘Shepherd’), ‘Perlovska River — the river of life’, ‘Mission London’, ‘Love net’, ‘Good bay mama’ and in many videos and commercials.

Research interests

Zoology, arachnology, araneofauna, zoogeography, biospeleology, biodiversity, conservation problems of Invertebrates, management plans for national parks.

Current projects

Faunistic and ecological studies on two different anthropogenically influenced areas (2000—2003)
Study on the biodiversity of model groups of animals in communities of Quercus coccifera L., the anthropogenic impact assessment and proposing protection measures (2001—2003)
Cataloguing, evaluation and monitoring of spiders (Araneae) of Macedonia (2002—2009)
Origin and formation of spiders of the families Leptonetidae and Nesticidae in Mediterranean Area — University of Barcelona (2006—2007)
First study of underground surface environment in Bulgaria: A comparative analysis of fauna in the limestone and silicate areas based on selected groups of invertebrates (2006—2009)
About spiders and humans — European Youth in Action Programme (2008—2009)


ESA (European Society of Arachnology), ISA (International Society of Arachnology)

Most recent publications

Dimitrov, D., Deltshev, C., Lazarov, S., 2019. Description of Harpactea popovi sp. n. from Bulgaria with further taxonomic notes on related species (Araneae, Dysderidae). — Zootaxa, 4568 (3): 593—600. doi:10.11646/zootaxa.4568.3.13 [PDF]

Lazarov, S., Dimitrov, D., 2018. Description of Harpactea petrovi sp. n. (Araneae: Dysderidae) from Bulgaria. — Acta zoologica bulgarica, 70 (3): 293—296. [PDF]

Naumova, M. V., Blagoev, G., Dimitrov, D., Lazarov, S., Deltshev, C., 2017. New data on the spider fauna (Arachnida: Araneae) of Bulgaria. — Acta zoologica bulgarica, 69 (4): 477—481. [PDF]

Dimitrov, D., Deltshev, C., Lazarov, S., 2017. Description of Histopona breviemboli sp. n. from the Balkan Peninsula (Arachnida, Araneae, Agelenidae). — Zootaxa, 4311 (2): 283—286. doi:10.11646/zootaxa.4311.2.10 [PDF]

Kostova, R., Lazarov, S., Bekchiev, R., Goranov, S., Simov N., Beshkov, S., 2016. Soil and cave invertebrates from the village Gintsi area. — In: Speleological Studies of Caves in Godech Municipality (Part 1), Association of Speleoclubs in Sofia, Sofia, 39—50. [PDF]

Langourov, M., Lazarov, S., Stoev, P., Guéorguiev, B., Deltshev, C., Petrov, B., Andreev, S., Simov, N., Bekchiev, R., Antonova, V., Ljubomirov, T., Dedov, I., Georgiev, D., 2014. New and interesting records of the MSS and cave fauna of Vitosha Mt., Bulgaria. — Proceedings of Balkan Speleological Conference 'Sofia’2014', Sofia, Bulgaria, 28—30 March 2014. Caving Club 'Helictite' — Sofia, pp. 66—76. [PDF]

Simov, N., Langourov, M., Dedov, I., Lazarov, S., 2013. Field guide on the biodiversity of Pirin 10x10. A training aid for FCS from 4th to 8th class Student’s materials. — Regional environmental centre for the Central and Eastern Europe — branch Bulgaria. 96 pp. (in Bulgarian).

Deltshev, C., Lazarov, S., Naumova, M., Stoev, P., 2011. A survey of spiders (Araneae) inhabiting the euedaphic soil stratum and the superficial underground compartment in Bulgaria. — Arachnologische Mitteilungen, 40: 33—46 [PDF]

Lazarov, S., Naumova, M., 2010. Two new species of Harpactea from Bulgaria (Araneae: Dysderidae). — Revue suisse de Zoologie, 117 (1): 101—110. [PDF]

Lazarov, S., 2010. Description of the female of Dysderocrates silvestris Deelman-Reinold, 1988 with new data on its distribution in the Balkan Peninsula (Araneae: Dysderidae). — Revista Iberica de Arachnologia, Vol. 18: 111—113. [PDF]

More complete list of publications — section e-Natura | Staff publications