A field guide to Spiders of Australia (2017) by Robert Whyte and Greg Anderson is a comprehensive book for beginners and enthusiasts, with 468 pages, 1350 images, 78 families, 381 genera and 836 species. In 2018 CSIRO Publishing released a third printing with updates. A fourth printing is due in 2022. Since 2018, scientific work has given us more changes which are recorded in summary here (below) and in the affected pages on this website.
Notable name changes as of 2022
Nephila in Australia has been changed to Trichonephila except for Nephila pilipes.
The mystery pebble nest spider on page 1 has been resolved, named after Laurence Sanders as Nemoscolus sandersi in Araneidae.
The new genus Hortophora includes 13 species from the Australasian-Pacific region, with ten species known from Australia (five new to science). Novakiella has been revised, now with two species.
The Alien Butt Spider has had a genus name change to Bijoaraneus. The "Bijo" part is from the Japanese, meaning "beautiful lady".
The new orbweaver genus Socca has 12 Australian species Socca pustulosa, S. arena, S. australis, S. caiguna, S. elvispresleyi, S. eugeni, S. johnnywarreni, S. kullmanni, S. levyashini, S. pleia, S. senicaudata and S. sydneyica (the last here also a senior synonym of Epeira inquieta).
The genus Omoedus has reverted to Zenodorus. Evacina and Evawes have reverted to Evarcha.
Australian Cheiracanthium spp. are now Eutittha spp. except for Cheiracanthium gracile which remains as is.
The family Trachycosmidae takes in some Australian genera formerly in Trochanteriidae and Gallieniellidae while Ammoxenidae has been moved into Gnaphosidae. Prodidomidae has been restored to family rank, except Molycriinae, now in Gnaphosidae.
Work has been done on some Australian crab spiders resulting in Stephanopis cambridgei and Stephanopis obtusifrons both becoming Isala cambridgei. Some Sidymella have moved to Stephanopis.
There have been substantial changes to trapdoor (Mygalomorph) families which have been recorded in this web site with new photos of specimens courtesy of Facebook friends.
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