Key to Spider Subfamilies of Australia

This is a key to subfamilies of Australian spiders. It requires a binocular microscope and light of some quality, fine dissecting forceps and patience. This guide also provides a means of recognising sex even in juvenile tarantulas and other mygalomorphs, See Glossary, Sexing spiders.

The key works best with usual characters and worst with characters that are widespread in spiders, e.g., conservatively shaped carapace, eight eyes in two weakly curved rows.


Robert J. Raven, Jenny J. Beard