Adriano B. Kury
Adrik peq
AB Kury, photo taken in PARNASO, Teresópolis, 2006 by Amazonas Chagas Jr.




Brazil, Rio, RJ.

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Adriano Brilhante Kury is a Brazilian Arachnologist active since the late 80s. Presently curator of arachnids in the Museu Nacional in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Personal life

Called "adrik" or "Dridrik" by closest friends, and "Driiiik" only by Popcorn. Born in 29 June 1962, son of a couple of professors, Kury lived mostly in Rio, where he devoted himself to enhancing the MNRJ collection.

Kury has a son, Ian (born 21 June 1990), currently living in Königsberg, Russia and a daughter, Milena (born 3 Oct 1992), currently living in Niterói, Brazil.


Kury graduated in UFRJ (1986), M.Sc. in MNRJ (1991) and Ph.D. in USP (1993). He worked briefly in UNI-RIO before entering as curator in MNRJ (1996), where he built a huge collection and supervised several students.

Notable scientific contributions

Among the important works by Kury may be cited the Catalogue of New World Laniatores (Kury 2003), the first cladistic analysis of the Agoristenidae and of the Cranaidae, a definition of the early lineages of the Gonyleptidae, removal of Tricommatinae from Phalangodidae, reallocation of several genera from different families and subfamilies, definition of important anatomic terms, such as bulla, coda, dry stain, equuleus, pergula, rutrum, stragulum, stylar caps.
Kury is also the creator of OmniPaper, a massive online resource for taxonomic literature on Opiliones.
Kury was the first to recognize some groups today widely accepted in their present configuration after major rearrangement, such as the Bourguyiinae, Cranaidae, Manaosbiidae, Mitobatinae, Nomoclastidae. He detected a very stable clade of Gonyleptidae, which is informally called K92.
He also proposed some supra-generic taxa such as Ampycinae, Cobaniinae, Cryptogeobiidae, Escadabiidae, Grassatores, Globibuninae, Heteropachylinae, Icaleptidae, Metasarcinae, Microsetata, Zamorinae.

Free Science

As Kury since the early days struggled to fund his research, he grew acutely aware of financial limitations. His sympathy for all researchers across the world who work in poor conditions led him to organize electronic online resources free for all as what is called OmniPaper Project. This initiative is frowned upon by lawyers and copyright zealots, who claim that divulging science for free is illegal, but hitherto Kury escaped all murder attempts and his free PDFs continue to play their original role -- to serve the scientific community.


Catalogue of the World Opiliones
UNICOS Project

Opilionologists formed


A number of species have been described in honor of Kury, mainly by his ex-students and friends.

  • Ananteris kuryi Giupponi, Vasconcelos & Lourenço, 2009 (Scorpiones)[1]
  • Hutamaia plei Tourinho & Mendes, 2014 (Ampycinae) -- from Amazonas state, Brazil.
  • Hutamaia trompsonica Tourinho & Mendes, 2014 (Ampycinae) -- from Amazonas and Pará states, Brazil.
  • Kuryella Özdikmen, 2006 (Pachylinae) -- genus with 2 species from Brazil.
  • Longiperna kuryi Pinto-da-Rocha & Bragagnolo, 2010 (Mitobatinae) -- from Rio de Janeiro state, Brazil.
  • Phalangodus kuryi Villarreal & Garcia, 2016 (Cranaidae) - from Colombia
  • Phareicranaus kuryi Pinto-da-Rocha & Bonaldo, 2011 (Cranaidae) -- from Panama
  • Stygnus kuryi Pinto-da-Rocha & Tourinho, 2012 (Stygnidae) -- from Amazonas state, Brazil.
  • Tityus kuryi Lourenço, 1997 (Scorpiones)[2]

Besides that, the species Jussara obesa is sometimes nicknamed "Jussara adrik" referring to Kury's weight gain in the middle 2000s.


  1. Giupponi, Vasconcelos & Lourenço, 2009 : The genus Ananteris Thorell, 1891 (Scorpiones, Buthidae) in southeast Brazil, with the description of three new species. ZooKeys, vol. 13, p. 29-41
  2. Lourenço, 1997 : À propos de deux nouvelles espèces de Tityus Koch du Brésil (Scorpiones, Buthidae). Revue Arachnologique, vol. 12, n. 5, p. 53-59.

External links

List of published papers with PDFs [1]
Curriculum Lattes CNPq [2]
Google Scholar [3]
Research Gate [4]
Personal Page [5]

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