Description

The Australian Museum Arachnology collection includes arachnids (spiders and their relatives), myriapods (centipedes and millipedes and their relatives), onychophorans (velvet worms), and tardigrades (water bears). The Arachnida represent the largest proportion of the collections, at about 95%.

The major portion of the Arachnology collection is spiders (Araneae) and harvestmen (Opiliones). The emphasis of the collection is on the New South Wales fauna, although there are significant holdings from other states and regions.

Highlights of the collection include the largest collection of funnel-web spiders in Australia and one of the largest collection of harvestmen (Opiliones) in Australia. The spider collection also includes examples of the world's most primitive living spiders, the Liphistiids from Southeast Asia. Of historical interest are the collections of W.J Rainbow and V.V Hickman, well known Australian arachnologists of previous eras.

The collection includes many type lots of which a third are primary types (types are the original specimens from which the first description of a particular species is based).

Taxonomic range

Kingdoms covered include: Animalia.

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