Description

Queensland has a highly diverse fauna of spiders, mites and other arachnids. Until recently collections focussed on rainforest regions, but attention has turned to dry habitats and coastal forests, yielding many new discoveries.

Our collection contains a diverse range of terrestrial and marine species from northern Australia, as well as specimens from other states, New Caledonia, New Guinea and South-east Asia and islands of the Western Pacific. Collection strengths include:

- ground-hunting araneomorph families including goblin spiders, ant spiders and ground spiders;

- mygalomorph trapdoor, funnelweb and tarantula spiders;

- mites and ticks from Australian mammals, reptiles and birds;

- large collections of harvestmen, centipedes and millipedes;

- scorpions and pseudoscorpions;

- sea spiders from Australia and adjacent regions.

Taxonomic range

Kingdoms covered include: Animalia.

The Queensland Museum Arachnids collection includes members from the following taxa:
Myriapoda, Chilopoda and Pycnogonida.

Number of specimens in the collection

The estimated number of specimens in the Queensland Museum Arachnids collection is 200,000.

Of these 80,000 are databased. This represents 40.0 % of the collection.

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Metadata last updated on 2013-07-10 11:37:35.0

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Cosmophasis micans

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Location

Grey Street
South Brisbane
Queensland 4101
Australia

Contact

Dr Robert Raven
Head, Terrestrial Biodiversity & Senior Curator (Arachnida)
phone: 61 07 3840 7698
phone: 61 07 3846 1226
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Paul Avern
editor
phone: (07) 3840 7711
phone: (07) 3846 1226
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Membership

Member of Council of Heads of Australian Faunal Collections (CHAFC)

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Digitised records available through the Atlas

The Queensland Museum Arachnids collection has an estimated 200,000 specimens.
The collection has databased 40.0 % of these (80,000 records).

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