The systematics of Australian
orb-web spiders of the subfamily Araneinae (Araneae,
(this project is done in collaboration with
Volker Framenau from the
Western Australian Museum, Perth, Australia)
Orb-weaving spiders of the subfamily
Araneinae are found in virtually every terrestrial habitat world-wide.
Many make conspicuous webs and are commonly encountered during
biological surveys. The taxonomy of the group is problematic and most of
the 145 species currently recorded for Australia are difficult or
impossible to identify. The large genus Araneus, which currently
includes two thirds of all Australian Araneinae, is unlikely to occur in
Australia. We will revise the conspicuous Australian spider fauna of the
subfamily Araneinae and provide keys to selected taxa, which will allow
for rapid identification of genera and individual species.