Robert Whyte & Greg Anderson - A Field Guide to Spiders of Australia

Friday 23 June 2017
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
In store at Avid Reader Bookshop
Register until 23 June 2017 6:00 PM

This event commences at 6.30pm. Printed tickets are not issued and your booking will be on a door list under your surname. 

Join Robert Whyte and Greg Anderson for the launch of A Field Guide to Spiders of Australia - the most comprehensive account of Australian spiders ever published.

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.

*   Covering all known Australian spider families and heavily illustrated with over 1300 colour photographs 
*   Highly accurate and vetted by experts, it contains the most up-to-date taxonomy information 
*   Stunning macro-photography reveals the fascinating details not discernible to the naked eye 
*   Written in an accessible and engaging style 
*   Fills a major gap in Australian natural history.

This field guide will be enjoyed by naturalists and anyone with an interest in learning more about Australia's incredible arachnids.

Robert Whyte is an honorary researcher in arachnology at the Queensland Museum, having developed an interest in spiders with the encouragement of arachnologist Robert Raven. He has participated in five Bush Blitz biodiscovery expeditions in remote parts of Western Australia, the Northern Territory and Queensland. He is an accomplished editor, author, journalist and photographer.

Greg Anderson is a biomedical research scientist and heads the Chronic Disorders Program at the QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute in Brisbane. He has been interested in spiders since his early life in Newcastle and has travelled extensively around Australia and other parts of the world studying and photographing spiders