CSIRO PUBLISHING / Australian Biological Resources Study (ABRS)
Spiders of Australia is a comprehensive information package and identification tool for spiders, among the most numerous and abundant of all terrestrial organisms in Australia. The CD covers all families & subfamilies in Australia and New Guinea, and all but two families in New Zealand.
The interactive keys allow fast, accurate identification of Australian spiders to the level of family, subfamily and, in some cases, genus. Using the latest web-integrated Lucid Player, an easy-to-use browser interface provides access to the rich store of information including distribution maps, subfamily notes, lists of species, and subfamily and family descriptions. Most subfamilies are illustrated with high quality photographs of live spiders while the rare or tiny are shown from photomicrographs. A brilliantly illustrated complete glossary of terms used in spider identification complements this package.
Over 2000 diagrams and photographs, more than 500 in colour
Glossary of characters
Checklist of Australian spider species
184 character states aid identification; in many cases a family can be recognised by one or two features
16MB RAM; 32MB NT/2000/XP (32MB RAM or higher is recommended)
Internet Explorer (recommended) 5.0 or greater or Mozilla 0.9 or greater
Key to Australian Spider Subfamilies, Infraorders
Key to Australian Spider Subfamilies, Mygalomorphae
Key to Australian Spider Subfamilies, Araneomorphae
Spiders of Australia will be much sought after by ecologists, park rangers, natural resource managers, taxonomists, students, naturalists, amateur arachnologists, and people generally interested in identification of spiders.
"The interactive keys allow fast, accurate identification of all families and subfamilies of spiders in Australia and New Guinea, and all but two families in New Zealand. . . The time taken to acquaint oneself with this marvelous undertaking will be well worth the effort taken." Adrian Colebrook, Nepean Hospital, New South Wales (Australian Journal of Medical Science v.25 no.1, February 2004)
"This key is a courageous and remarkable undertaking which will be the basis for future work in the same direction. It is an excellent first trial and inevitable step towards the development of interactive keys at the level of genera and species."
Dr Rudy Jocqué, Head of Invertebrate Section, Royal Museum for Central Africa (Australasian Arachnology no.67, June 2003)
"A brilliantly illustrated complete glossary of terms used in spider identification complements this package. . . will be much sought after by ecologists, park rangers, natural resource managers, taxonomists, students, naturalists, amateur arachnologists and people generally interested in identification of spiders." CAB International, 2003
". . . a recommended resource for professionals and keen amateurs interested in spiders." Dr Elizabeth Baker (Wildlife Australia Magazine, Winter 2003)