A Field Guide to Spiders of Australia

Author: Robert Whyte


ISBN: 9780643107083

Category: Science

Page: 465

View: 240

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. 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.
Venomous Creatures of Australia

Author: Struan K. Sutherland

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: CORNELL:31924003419144

Category: Bites and stings

Page: 138

View: 518

Australia is inhabited by some of the most venomous land and sea creatures in the world and Straun Sutherland is Australia's best-known expert on poisonous creatures, particularly spiders and snakes. In this lavishly illustrated volume, Sutherland describes sixty such creatures, ranging from the Death Adder and the Black House Spider, to the Blue-Ringed Octopus, the Bearded Ghoul (a stinging fish), and the Portuguese Man-of-War. He provides a factual description of each animal, a high-quality four-color photograph to allow for easy identification, line drawings when needed, descriptions of the appropriate first aid for bites or stings, and a map showing its distribution throughout Australia.
Spiders of the World

Author: Norman Platnick

Publisher: Ivy Press

ISBN: 9781782407515

Category: Nature

Page: 256

View: 629

Bark spiders spin webs ten times stronger than Kevlar. Jumping spiders are capable of learning, recognizing, and remembering colours. Recluse spiders can tolerate six months of extreme drought and have a toxin-laden bite that can necessitate skin grafts. This title explores the huge diversity of spider species and their fascinating traits. An introduction outlining the spider’s natural history is followed by 117 illustrated profiles spanning the taxonomic spider families. Photographs of species from each family are shown, along with population distribution maps, tables of essential information, and commentaries revealing notable characteristics. The family profiles are also organized phylogenetically, and the commentaries in each account reflect different aspects of a spider’s biology.
Australian Deserts

Author: Steve Morton


ISBN: 9781486306015

Category: Science

Page: 304

View: 753

Australian Deserts: Ecology and Landscapes is about the vast sweep of the Outback, a land of expanses making up three-quarters of the continent – the heart of Australia. Steve Morton brings his extensive first-hand knowledge and experience of arid Australia to this book, explaining how Australian deserts work ecologically. This book outlines why unpredictable rainfall and paucity of soil nutrients underpin the nature of desert ecosystems, while also describing how plants and animals came to be desert dwellers through evolutionary time. It shows how plants use uncertain rainfall to provide for persistence of their populations, alongside outlines of the dominant animals of the deserts and explanations of the features that help them succeed in the face of aridity and uncertainty. Richly illustrated with the photographs of Mike Gillam, this fascinating and accessible book will enhance your understanding of the nature of arid Australia.
Reed Concise Guide to Spiders of Aus

Author: Volker W. Framenau

Publisher: Reed New Holland

ISBN: 1925546039

Category: Arachnida

Page: 192

View: 923

This is one of the latest titles in our exciting new series of concise field guides. It is the ultimate keep-in-your-pocket guide to Australian spiders. It may be diminutive in size but it punches well above its weight in terms of usefulness, being packed with more than 200 images of all the species most likely to be encountered in Australia, including iconic spiders such as the huntsman, redback and funnel-webs. For each of the 150+ main species accounts there is at least one photograph for identification and a brief written account listing key ID features, range and habitat, food and behaviour. The book covers all of the most common and widespread species likely to be encountered in Australia, along with some of the more unusual and scarce species to look out for. The easy-to-use layouts and small size make it ideal for taking on days out or walks in the bush. It is ideal for beginners or wildlife-watchers of an intermediate level, and also for children as a first book on spiders. In short this is a beginner's guide to Spiders of Australia which is accessible the broadest possible audience. It will cover about 150-170 species, with each species given one page (1 image - possibly 2 with an inset pic - and c. 80-90 words per species) or one spread (2 images and c.120 words per species).
A Field Guide to Insects in Australia

Author: Paul Zborowski

Publisher: Reed A H

ISBN: CORNELL:31924073910352

Category: Insects

Page: 212

View: 866

Copiously illustrated practical guide providing a key to the 26 orders of insects in Australia, and describing the characteristics of the largest and most common families. Gives information about insect biology and life cycles and collecting insects. Includes a glossary and an index. Zborowski is an entomologist working for the CSIRO, and Storey is curator of the QDPI's Mareeba insect collection.

Author: David Lindenmayer


ISBN: 9780643099876

Category: Science

Page: 160

View: 501

Australia's little known woodlands once covered huge areas of the eastern side of our continent. Woodlands are distinguished from forests by the fact that their canopies do not touch, tree heights are usually lower and they usually have a grassy understorey. They support a fascinating and diverse array of birds, mammals, reptiles, frogs, invertebrates and plants, and have been under massive pressure from grazing and agriculture over the past 200 years. In many cases only small remnant patches of some types of woodland survive. Understanding and appreciating woodlands is an important way forward for promoting their sustainable management and conservation. Woodlands: A Disappearing Landscape explains with lucid text and spectacular photographs the role that woodlands play in supporting a range of native plants and animals that has existed there for millions of years. The book is set out as a series of logically linked chapters working from the woodland canopy (the tree crowns), through the understorey, the ground layers, and to the lowest lying parts of landscape – wetlands, creeks and dams. Each chapter illustrates many key topics in woodland biology with text and images, explaining important aspects of woodland ecology as well as woodland management and conservation.
Australian Assassins, Part I: A review of the Assassin Spiders (Araneae, Archaeidae) of mid-eastern Australia

Author: Michael G. Rix

Publisher: PenSoft Publishers LTD

ISBN: 9789546426017

Category: Science

Page: 106

View: 412

The Assassin Spiders of the family Archaeidae are an ancient and iconic lineage of basal araneomorph spiders, characterised by a specialised araneophagic ecology and unique, ?pelican-like? cephalic morphology. Found throughout the rainforests, wet sclerophyll forests and mesic heathlands of south-western, south-eastern and north-eastern Australia, the genus Austrarchaea Forster & Platnick, 1984 includes a diverse assemblage of relictual, largely short-range endemic species. With recent dedicated field surveys and significant advances in our understanding of archaeid biology and ecology, numerous new species of assassin spiders have been discovered in the montane sub-tropical and warm-temperate closed forests of mid-eastern Australia, including several rare or enigmatic taxa and species of conservation concern. This fauna is revised and 17 new species are described from south-eastern Queensland and eastern New South Wales: A. alani sp. n., A. aleenae sp. n., A. binfordae sp. n., A. christopheri sp. n., A. clyneae sp. n., A. cunninghami sp. n., A. dianneae sp. n., A. harmsi sp. n., A. helenae sp. n., A. judyae sp. n., A. mascordi sp. n., A. mcguiganae sp. n., A. milledgei sp. n., A. monteithi sp. n., A. platnickorum sp. n., A. raveni sp. n. and A. smithae sp. n. Adult specimens of the type species, A. nodosa (Forster, 1956) are redescribed from the Lamington Plateau, south-eastern Queensland, and distinguished from the sympatric species A. dianneae sp. n. A key to species and a molecular phylogenetic analysis of COI and COII mtDNA sequences complement the species-level taxonomy, with maps, habitat photos, natural history information and conservation assessments provided for all species.
The Waterbug Book

Author: John Gooderham


ISBN: 9780643099715

Category: Science

Page: 240

View: 474

Freshwater macroinvertebrates provide a useful and reliable indicator of the health of our rivers, streams, ponds and wetlands. As environmental awareness within the community increases, there is an increasing interest in the need to assess the health of our local waterways and school curriculums are changing to reflect this important ecological trend. The Waterbug Book provides a comprehensive and accurate identification guide for both professionals and non-professionals. It contains an easy-to-use key to all the macroinvertebrate groups and, for the first time, high quality colour photographs of live specimens. It provides a wealth of basic information on the biology of macroinvertebrates, and describes the SIGNAL method for assessing river health. The Waterbug Book is full of practical tips about where to find various animals, and what their presence can tell about their environment. Winner of the 2003 Eureka Science Book Prize and the 2003 Whitley Medal.