Arachnids research

Spiders, ticks, mites, sea spiders

Project leader: Dr Robert J. Raven

  • taxonomy of mygalomorph spider families, with current focus on tarantulas (family Theraphosidae)
  • ground spiders (superfamily Lycosoidea, especially Miturgidae and Zoridae, plus Corinnidae and Clubionidae)
  • Redback spiders (Latrodectus hasseltii) and related genera (Family Theridiidae),

Australian goblin spiders (family Oonopidae)

Project Leader, Dr Barbara Baehr

  • with distribution and biology

Australian Sea spiders

Project Leader: Dr Claudia Arango

  • with special attention the Australian Antarctic and related faunas


Project Leader: Dr Owen Seeman

  • taxonomy and reproductive biology of mites, especially agricultural pests