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Author Hawkeswood, Trevor, 1956-

Title Spiders of Australia : an introduction to their classification, biology, and distribution / by Trevor J. Hawkeswood ; with photographs by B. Coulson [and others] ; and paintings by J.R. Turner
Published Sofia : Pensoft, 2003
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Description 1 online resource (264 pages) : illustrations (some color)
Series Pensoft series Faunistica, 1312-0174 ; no. 31
Pensoft series faunistica ; no. 31. 1312-0174
Summary This book introduces the Australian spider fauna and includes many species that are well known to Australian biologists, naturalists, gardeners and pest controllers. Spiders of Australia provides for the first time information on a vast spectrum of the Australian spider fauna and illustrates and describes over 150 species in some detail. Many other species are mentioned and discussed and a thorough summary of spider morphology, biology and classification is also provided. All representative families are described in some detail and the numbers of each family are listed on Australian and World levels. Most of the major genera of each family are described and representative species illustrated and described. Most of the spiders illustrated are photographed alive in their natural settings while approx. 30 species are represented by paintings of living specimens. The illustrations and descriptions make it easy for the layperson to identify many common spiders and provides also for the first time, an up to date reference list of hundreds of old and more recent scientific papers, books and other articles on Australian and related spider species. This list is organized into families and will prove to be an indispensable tool for serious workers on Arachnida. Much of the information provided for many of the species is new, based on the author's own field observations. The book is aimed for the scientist, naturalist, student and layperson both in Australia and overseas
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 171-199) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Spiders -- Australia.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1281431389
1435629795 (electronic bk.)
9781435629790 (electronic bk.)