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Michael Rix

Michael Rix
Michael Rix
Postdoctoral Research Officer
Department of Terrestrial Zoology
Western Australian Museum
Locked Bag 49
Welshpool DC, Perth
Western Australia 6986
E-Mail: michael.rix@museum.wa.gov.au
Please download a pdf-file of my current CV here.

Research Interests

I am interested in the taxonomy, systematics and evolutionary biology of spiders, arachnids and other terrestrial invertebrates. I am also interested in phylogenetics and cladistic theory, and in the application of molecular techniques to systematics and evolutionary biology. My research focuses on southern-temperate and Australasian micro-spiders in the superfamilies Palpimanoidea and Araneoidea, and I am currently studying the systematics of the Australian 'Assassin Spiders' (family Archaeidae).

Academic Education

  • Doctor of Philosophy, 2009, The University of Western Australia.
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours), 2004, The University of Queensland.
  • Bachelor of Science, 2003, The University of Queensland


(For copyright reasons, pdf-files of my publications are not available for direct download. Please send me an email if you are interested in a particular publication.)

    In press

  • 11. Wojcieszek, J.M., Harvey, M.S. and Rix, M.G. (in press). Optimised captive husbandry conditions for the Western Australian 'Marri Millipede' Antichiropus variabilis (Diplopoda: Polydesmida: Paradoxosomatidae), with notes on natural history and tissue preservation techniques. Records of the Western Australian Museum.
  • 10. Rix, M.G., Harvey, M.S. and Roberts, J.D. (in press). A revision of the textricellin spider genus Raveniella (Araneae: Araneoidea: Micropholcommatidae): exploring patterns of phylogeny and biogeography in an Australian biodiversity hotspot. Invertebrate Systematics.
  • 2010

  • 9. Rix, M.G. and Harvey, M.S. 2010. The first pararchaeid spider (Araneae: Pararchaeidae) from New Caledonia, with a discussion on spinneret spigots and egg sac morphology in Ozarchaea. Zootaxa 2414, 27-40 (abstract only).
  • 8. Rix, M.G. and Harvey, M.S. 2010. The spider family Micropholcommatidae (Arachnida, Araneae, Araneoidea): a relimitation and revision at the generic level. ZooKeys 36: 1-321.
  • 2009

  • 7. Rix, M.G., Roberts, J.D. and Harvey, M.S. 2009. The spider families Synotaxidae and Malkaridae (Arachnida: Araneae: Araneoidea) in Western Australia. Records of the Western Australian Museum 25: 295-304.
  • 2008

  • 6. Rix, M.G. 2008. A new species of Micropholcomma (Araneae: Araneoidea: Micropholcommatidae) from Western Australia. Records of the Western Australian Museum 24: 341-346.
  • 5. Rix, M.G., Harvey, M.S. and Roberts, J.D. 2008. Molecular phylogenetics of the spider family Micropholcommatidae (Arachnida: Araneae) using nuclear rRNA genes (18S and 28S). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 46: 1031-1048.
  • 2006

  • 4. Rix, M.G. 2006. Systematics of the Australasian spider family Pararchaeidae (Arachnida, Araneae). Invertebrate Systematics 20: 203-254.
  • 2005

  • 3. Rix, M.G. 2005. A review of the Tasmanian species of Pararchaeidae and Holarchaeidae (Arachnida, Araneae). The Journal of Arachnology 33: 135-152.
  • 2003

  • 2. Rix, M.G. 2003. Blastobasine coleophorid moths as prey for the Australian araneid spider Celaenia calotoides Rainbow. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 49: 28.
  • 1999

  • 1. Rix, M.G. 1999. A new genus and species of ant-mimicking jumping spider (Araneae: Salticidae) from southeast Queensland, with notes on its biology. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 43: 827-832.
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