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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

Naumova, M., Lazarov, S., Deltshev, C., 2019. Faunistic diversity of the spiders in Montenegro. — Ecologica Montenegrina, 22: 50—89.

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]

Deltshev, C., Lazarov, S., 2018. Two new spider species, Harpactea simovi sp. n. and H. stoevi sp. n. (Araneae: Dysderidae), from the Balkan Peninsula. — Acta zoologica bulgarica, 70 (2): 3—7.

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]

Naumova, M., Lazarov, S., Petrov, B., Deltshev, C., 2016. New faunistic data on the cave-dwelling spiders in the Balkan Peninsula (Araneae). — Ecologica Montenegrina, 7: 425—438.

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]

Deltshev, C., Blagoev, G., Komnenov, M., Lazarov, S., 2016. Description of Ozyptila balcanica sp. n. from the Balkan Peninsula and its comparison with the closely related O. umbraculorum Simon, 1932 (Araneae: Thomisidae). — Acta zoologica bulgarica, 68 (4): 483—490.

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]

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