Spider Recognition by Biometric Web Analysis

  • Jaime R. Ticay-Rivas
  • Marcos del Pozo-Baños
  • William G. Eberhard
  • Jesús B. Alonso
  • Carlos M. Travieso
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 6687)


Saving earth’s biodiversity for future generations is an important global task. Spiders are creatures with a fascinating behaviour, overall in the way they build their webs. This is the reason this work proposed a novel problem: the used of spider webs as a source of information for specie recognition. To do so, biometric techniques such as image processing tools, Principal Component Analysis, and Support Vector Machine have been used to build a spider web identification system. With a database built of images from spider webs of three species, the system reached a best performance of 95,44 % on a 10 K-Folds cross-validation procedure.


Spider webs spider classification principal component analysis support vector machine 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jaime R. Ticay-Rivas
    • 1
  • Marcos del Pozo-Baños
    • 1
  • William G. Eberhard
    • 2
  • Jesús B. Alonso
    • 1
  • Carlos M. Travieso
    • 1
  1. 1.Signals and Communications Department Institute for Technological Development and Innovation in CommunicationsUniversity of Las Palmas de Gran CanariaLas Palmas de Gran CanariaSpain
  2. 2.Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute and Escuela de BiologiaUniversidad de Costa Rica Ciudad UniversitariaCosta Rica

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