A Field Guide to Spiders of Australia

Paperback - June 2017 - AU $49.95

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The most comprehensive account of Australian spiders ever published.

Australians have a love–hate relationship with spiders. Some spiders, such as the Redback and the Sydney Funnelweb, inspire fear. Yet Peacock Spiders, with their colourful fan-spreading courtship dances, have won rapturous appreciation worldwide. + Full description

A Field Guide to Spiders of Australia uses photographs of living animals to help people identify many of the spiders they encounter. Featuring over 1300 colour photographs, it is the most comprehensive account of Australian spiders ever published. With more than two-thirds of Australian spiders yet to be scientifically described, this book sets the scene for future explorations of our extraordinary Australian fauna.

This field guide will be enjoyed by naturalists and anyone with an interest in learning more about Australia's incredible arachnids.

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“Read no further – unless you are willing to fall in love with spiders. Submitting to the pages that follow could change your life..." – Tim Low


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"It may just change your mind about arachnids, and help you identify many of the spiders you have encountered. Not all are scary!"
Ally Jackson, Gardening Australia, August 2017, p.9

"The spider imagery presented throughout this book is superb for its quality, variety and attention to detail. The over 1300 spider images, contributed by 62 photographers, are the stars of this book. Images of juveniles, intraspecific variations, undescribed and named species are all displayed... I thoroughly recommend this book for personal enjoyment, as a field guide or as a way to enthuse someone new to the field of Australian spiders."
Ken Walker, The Victorian Naturalist 134(4), 2017, pp.122-123


Paperback | June 2017 | $ 49.95
ISBN: 9780643107076 | 464 pages | 215 x 148 mm
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing
Colour photographs

ePDF | June 2017
ISBN: 9780643107083
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing
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ePUB | June 2017
ISBN: 9780643107090
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  • Covering all known Australian spider families and heavily illustrated with over 1300 colour photographs
  • Highly accurate and vetted by experts, it contains the most up-to-date taxonomy information
  • Stunning macro-photography reveals the fascinating details not discernible to the naked eye
  • Written in an accessible and engaging style
  • Fills a major gap in Australian natural history


From arachnophobia to arachnophilia
How to use this book
Determining species – everything helps, including genitals
Australia’s rich arachnological history
Parts of a spider: the need-to-know terms
Shortcuts to identification
Spider families from A to Z
Little-known Spider Families
Photo credits
Spiders: family tree
Index of family common names

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Robert Whyte is an honorary researcher in arachnology at the Queensland Museum, having developed an interest in spiders with the encouragement of arachnologist Robert Raven. He has participated in five Bush Blitz biodiscovery expeditions in remote parts of Western Australia, the Northern Territory and Queensland. He is an accomplished editor, author and journalist, with skills in photography and publication design.

Greg Anderson is a biomedical research scientist and heads the Chronic Disorders Program at the QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute in Brisbane. He has been interested in spiders since his early life in Newcastle and has travelled extensively around Australia and other parts of the world studying and photographing spiders. He has a particular interest in Comb-footed Spiders.