Our New Field Guide

This site is the web version of A field guide to Spiders of Australia by Robert Whyte and Dr Greg Anderson for CSIRO Publishing, the most comprehensive account of Australian spiders ever published.


No nature book is ever perfect or stays up to date forever, because new discoveries are made every day. Keep up with the latest here.

  • Page 45: under the photo of the Idiommata sp. bottom left the family is given as Idiopidae. The correct family name is Barychelidae.
  • Page 226-267: Some Australian Afraflacilla are now in the genus Psenuc created by Jerzy Prószyński in 2016, notably Afraflacilla courti which is not officially listed in Australia but found in north Queensland, and Afraflacilla milledgei from the Kimberly region of Western Australia. Therefore the Afraflacilla courti on page 266 and the undescribed Stridulating Jumping Spider depicted on top right on page 267 should be written Psenuc courti
  • Page 271-272 Some of the undescribed Peacock spiders on these pages have since been named. The male 'White-dot' is a new genus, Saratus hesperus which refers to the Latin name for the planet Venus as the Morning Star, corresponding to the light-coloured spot at the centre of the fan of this species. 'Blue-stripes' from Maitland NSW is Maratus neptunus. On page 272 the undescribed male 'Orange' is Maratus aurantius while the undescribed male from Stanthorpe is Maratus cinerus.
  • Page 437: at the end of the first paragraph a glitch caused the cross reference to page 19 to be repeated. It needs only to be stated once.
  • Uliodon ferrugineus, a Zoropsid, is not in the book but you can see a photo by Adam Parsons here

Catalogue of Peacock Spiders

Jürgen Otto and David Hill have produced a Catalogue of Peacock Spiders usefully arranged into groups of close relatives with photographs of the males and distibution maps.


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