Australian assassins, part 1: a review of the assassin spiders (Araneae, Archaeidae) of mid-eastern Australia.

Australian assassins, part 1: a review of the assassin spiders (Araneae, Archaeidae) of mid-eastern Australia. Michael G. Rix, Mark S. Harvey.
Australian assassins, part 1: a review of the assassin spiders (Araneae, Archaeidae) of mid-eastern Australia.

Sofia: Pensoft, 2011. Octavo, paperback, colour photographs, line drawings, maps.

Zoo Keys 123. 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.

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