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Reed Concise Guide

by Volker W. Framenau and Melissa L. Thomas

Format:Paperback with Plastic
Page Extent:192 pages
Book Size:125 x 90 x 15 mm (Height x Width x Depth)

Quick Overview

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This is one of the latest titles in our exciting new series of concise field guides. It is the ultimate keep-in-your-pocket guide to Australian spiders. It may be diminutive in size but it punches well above its weight in terms of usefulness, being packed with more than 200 images of all the species most likely to be encountered in Australia, including iconic spiders such as the huntsman, redback and funnel-webs.

For each of the 150+ main species accounts there is at least one photograph for identification and a brief written account listing key ID features, range and habitat, food and behaviour. The book covers all of the most common and widespread species likely to be encountered in Australia, along with some of the more unusual and scarce species to look out for. The easy-to-use layouts and small size make it ideal for taking on days out or walks in the bush. It is ideal for beginners or wildlife-watchers of an intermediate level, and also for children as a first book on spiders.

In short this is a beginner’s guide to Spiders of Australia which is accessible the broadest possible audience. It will cover about 150-170 species, with each species given one page (1 image - possibly 2 with an inset pic - and c. 80-90 words per species) or one spread (2 images and c.120 words per species).

About the Author

Ken Stepnell

Ken Stepnell grew up on a farm at Buninyong near Ballarat. His love of photography started when his parents gave him a box camera for his ninth birthday. Since then, Ken has become a renowned photographer, particularly in Australian landscapes and natural history. He is a multiple winner of the coveted Hasselblad Masters Award for Nature photography, and his images have been published in various books for more than 40 years. Always on the lookout for a new challenge, Ken turned his attention to more man-made subjects, and decided to create the first photographic collection of Australia collector cars. He set about capturing the great diversity of car designs from the car industry first days until the late 1960. Although he and his wife Pam often join friends on collector car rallies, Ken has never restored or owned one of the ld girlshimself. He hopes to change that very soon.

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