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A Field Guide to Spiders of Australia - Robert Whyte

A Field Guide to Spiders of Australia


Published: 1st June 2017
RRP $49.95

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Published: 1st June 2017
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Australians have a love-hate relationship with spiders. Spiders inspire fear, especially dangerous species such as the Redback and Sydney Funnelweb. Yet, Peacock Spiders, whose males spread a colourful fan and wave their legs in a courtship dance to impress females, have won rapturous appreciation worldwide.

A Field Guide to Spiders of Australia uses photographs of live animals to enable identification of commonly encountered spiders to the family level and, in some cases, to genus and species. 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.



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The most engaging characters of all


from Castlemaine, Victoria, Australia

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  • Deserves Multiple Readings
  • Easy To Read
  • Engaging characters
  • Informative
  • Well Written


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    Booktopia asked if it had engaging characters. There's over a thousand stunning photographs of the most engaging characters you could hope for - spiders. Having been photographed by someone who adores them, you can see the characters emerging in a way you will not see in a book which is coldly scientific.

    The biology is really well explained, the field guide extremely comprehensive, the introduction and shortcuts to identification really useful - but I can't get past staring at the photographs. Have this book around children and you will prevent the fear factor that the overreaction of adults induces. No-one could look at this book and not find spiders endlessly engaging.

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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, excerpt from the Foreword

    ISBN: 9780643107076
    ISBN-10: 064310707X
    Audience: General
    Format: Paperback
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 464
    Published: 1st June 2017
    Publisher: CSIRO Publishing
    Country of Publication: AU
    Dimensions (cm): 21.5 x 14.8
    Weight (kg): 1.13