...this websiteThis website was subsequently developed to assist people in identifying spiders found in South-east Queensland although many of the species featured may also be found in other parts of Australia. In addition, the site may be of some value for determining the family links of species that are very similar to, but not exactly the same as, spiders that are included here. Many species that do occur in South-east Queensland are not included on this site either because they have yet to be described and assigned a scientific name or because no good photos of them were available at the time the site was being constructed.
...the authorDr Ron Atkinson provided instruction in physiology, pharmacology, toxicology and pathophysiology to Biology and Nursing students at the University of Southern Queensland in Toowoomba from 1968 until his retirement in 2006. His research interests during this period centred on the spiders of the Darling Downs and the toxicology of their venoms, and he published papers on funnel-web antivenoms, necrotising arachnidism, and the use of spider toxins as insecticides.
...the photographersMany of the images included in this website are photographs taken by Dr Ron Atkinson and these will not display the photographer's name. However, this website also contains an increasing number of images that have been donated by other people and all of these have the name of the photographer shown on them. Special mention needs to be made of the many images supplied by Robert Whyte, Nick Monaghan, and Trevor Jinks, all of whom are excellent photographers, but many other keen people have also contributed one or a few very good photos. The author is grateful to all of these people because a primary object of this website is to make a comprehensive set of spider images available for everyone who needs it. None of these photographers has asked for payment for the use of their photos, the understanding being that they have been donated only for the purpose of creating a comprehensive set of good images of Australian spiders that anyone can access when necessary. No person, including the author, is entitled profit financially by using them without first obtaining the approval of the photographer. To do so would be a breach of copyright.
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