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    Dr Volker W. Framenau
    BEng, MSc, PhD

    Research Fellow

    About me

    Senior Research Fellow | Harry Butler Institute, Murdoch University | 2018–current

    Director & Principal Zoologist | Phoenix Environmental Sciences | 2011–2018: Project management of zoological surveys in Western Australia; marketing, business development; establishment and maintenance of client relationships; networking; proposal development; technical and editorial quality assurance/control; invertebrate (terrestrial & subterranean) research

    Adjunct Research Associate | University of Hamburg (Germany) | 2017–current: Support of research program of the Centre of Natural History (CeNak), University of Hamburg, by establishing research partnerships in Australia

    Adjunct Research Associate| Western Australian Museum| 2011–current: Maintenance and development of research collaborations with the Department of Terrestrial Zoology; support of collection development

    Curator, Short-range Endemic Invertebrates | Western Australian Museum | 2009–2011: Inaugural Curator of Short-range Endemic Invertebrates; development and maintenance of relationships with mining and other industry as end users of taxonomic services of the WAM; research; collection development

    Research Officer, Pilbara Subterranean Fauna | Western Australian Museum| 2008–2009: Research on Pilbara subterranean invertebrate fauna; support of end-users of taxonomic research; scientific publications; collection development

    Adjunct Lecturer | University of Western Australia | 2007–2018: Selected research on terrestrial invertebrates; postgraduate and undergraduate student supervision

    Research Fellow, Arachnology | Western Australian Museum | 2005–2008: Research on Australian Orb-weaving Spiders (Araneidae, Araneinae); collection development

    Research Fellow, Arachnology | Western Australian Museum | 2002–2005: Research on Australian Wolf Spiders (Lycosidae); collection development

    Honorary Research Fellow | University of Melbourne | 2002–2005: Maintenance and development of research collaborations, in particular invertebrates

    Research Assistant | Philipps-University Marburg (Germany) | 1995–1996: Research on terrestrial and aquatic invertebrates as part of the project ‘Ecology and Conservation of Alpine Rivers’, funded by the German Ministry of Science and Education

    Maintenance Engineer | Cyanid Plant, BASF AG Ludwigshafen (Germany) | 1988–1989:  Planning and implementation of a heat exchange system to use hot process gas for the production of steam; planning and implementation of a secondary cooling water system to improve thermal and chemical pollution of Rhine River cooling water; general maintenance and repairs

    Research areas

    • Systematics, taxonomy and conservation of terrestrial and subterranean invertebrates, particularly arachnids
    • Improving delivery methods of taxonomic information for the end-user
    • Ecology and conservation of salt lake terrestrial invertebrates
    • The use of Invertebrates as ecological indicators, specifically in long-term monitoring studies (e.g. rehabilitation)

    Current projects

    • Molecular and morphological identification of terrestrial invertebrates to support biosecurity and quarantine surveys on Barrow Island, Western Australia
    • Systematics and taxonomy of Australian wolf spiders (Lycosidae), orb-weaving spiders (Araneidae) and mouse spiders (Actinopodidae)
    • Ecology and conservation of terrestrial salt lake invertebrates

    Awards and grants

    Australian Biological Resources Study| 2018 | BushBlitz Tactical Grant Scheme: Taxonomy of a new genus of Australian wolf spiders in the subfamily Artoriinae (Lycosidae) (A$ 15,000) (PI)

    Australian Biological Resources Study| 2017 | BushBlitz Tactical Grant Scheme: Taxonomy of NSW and ACT Artoria wolf spiders (Lycosidae) (CI B.C. Baehr) (A$ 15,000) (JI)

    Whitley Commendation, Royal Society of New South Wales| 2015 | Best Field Guide: A Guide to the Spiders of Australia” (V.W. Framenau, B.C. Baehr, P. Zborowski)

    Australian Biological Resources Study| 2011 |Bush Blitz Postdoctoral Fellowship: Taxonomy and Systematics of Australian Wolf Spiders in the family Lycosinae (A$270,000) (sole PI; rejected due to career change)

    AgResearch New Zealand | 2008–2009 |Research Grant: Enabling Real-Time Remote Diagnostics for Biosecurity Applications (in collaboration with David Teulon, Cor Vink et. al.) (NZ$105,000) (JI)

    Australian Biological Resources Study | 2005–2008 | Postdoctoral Research Grant: Taxonomy and Systematics of Australian Orb-weaving Spiders (A$171,000) (PI, in collaboration with Nicolaj Scharff, University of Copenhagen).

    Australian Biological Resources Study | 2002–2005 | Research Project Grant: Taxonomy and Systematics of Australian Wolf Spiders (A$150,000) (CI’s Mark Harvey, Western Australian Museum; Andrew Austin, University of Adelaide) (PI).

    University of Melbourne | 1996–1999 | Overseas Postgraduate Research Scholarship (A$48,000).

    University of Melbourne | 1996–1999 | Melbourne University Research Scholarship (A$48,000).

    Donors Association for the Promotion of Science and Humanities in Germany (Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft) |1999 |  Research Infrastructure Grant (A$3,000).

    River Basin Management Society |1998 | Ernest Jackson Memorial Research Grant (A$700).

    Ecological Society of Australia,|1997 | Student Travel Award (A$800).

    Department of Zoology, University of Melbourne | 1997 | F.H. Drummond Travel Award (A$1,000).

    University of Melbourne |1997 | School of Graduate Studies Travelling Scholarship (A$1,000).

    Doctoral and masters supervisions

    Supervision prior to Murdoch

    Peter Langlands, Ph.D. 2005–2010 | University of Western Australia
    Thesis: Conservation of Spiders (Araneae) in the Western Australian Rangelands, with particular Reference to Disturbance by Fire; co-supervision with B.Y. Main, R. Black and K.E.C Brennan (Department of Environment and Conservation, Western Australia).



    • Framenau, V., Vink, C., Scharff, N., Baptista, R., Castanheira, P., (2021), Review of the Australian and New Zealand orb-weaving spider genus Novakiella (Araneae, Araneidae), Zoosystematics and Evolution, 97, 2, pages 393 - 405.
    • Wang, L., Framenau, V., Zhang, Z., (2021), A further study on the wolf spider subfamily Artoriinae from China (Araneae: Lycosidae), Zootaxa, 4964, 3, pages 571 - 584.
    • Framenau, V., Vink, C., McQuillan, B., Simpson, A., (2021), A new genus for the largest orb-weaving spider (Araneae, Araneidae) of New Zealand, New Zealand Journal of Zoology, , , pages -.
    • Marsh, J., Hudson, P., Framenau, V., (2021), A ghost in the salt: A new species of halotolerant tube-web spider in the genus Ariadna (Araneae: Segestriidae), Zootaxa, 4952, 3, pages 580 - 588.
    • Scharff, N., Coddington, J., Blackledge, T., Agnarsson, I., Framenau, V., Szuts, T., Hayashi, C., Dimitrov, D., (2020), Phylogeny of the orb-weaving spider family Araneidae (Araneae, Araneoidea), Cladistics: the international journal of the Willi Hennig Society, 36, 1, pages 1 - 21.
    • Castalanelli, M., Framenau, V., Huey, J., Hillyer, M., Harvey, M., (2020), New species of the open-holed trapdoor spider genus Aname (Araneae: Mygalomorphae: Anamidae) from arid Western Australia, Journal of Arachnology, 48, 2, pages 169 - 213.
    • Framenau, V., (2019), Generic and family transfers, and nomina dubia for orb-weaving spiders (Araneae, Araneidae) in the Australasian, Oriental and Pacific regions, Evolutionary Systematics, 3, , pages 1 - 27.
    • Marsh, J., Baehr, B., Glatz, R., Framenau, V., (2019), New species of tube-web Spiders in the genus Ariadna from South Australia (Araneae: Segestriidae), Evolutionary Systematics, 2, , pages 137 - 149.
    • Castanheira, P., Didham, R., Vink, C., Framenau, V., (2019), The scorpion-tailed orb-weaving spiders (Araneae, Araneidae, Arachnura) in Australia and New Zealand, Zootaxa, 4706, 1, pages 147 - 170.
    • Framenau, V., Baehr, B., (2018), The wolf spider genus Artoria in New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory, Australia (Araneae, Lycosidae, Artoriinae), Evolutionary Systematics, 2, 2, pages 169 - 241.
    • Marsh, J., Baehr, B., Glatz, R., Framenau, V., (2018), New species of tube web spiders of the genus Ariadna from South Australia (Araneae, Segestriidae), Evolutionary Systematics, 2, 2, pages 137 - 149.
    Publications prior to Murdoch

    Framenau, V.W., Hamilton, Z. R., Finston, T., Humphreys, G., Abrams, K. M. & Huey, J. A. & Harvey, M. S. 2018. Molecular and morphological characterisation of new species of hypogean Paradraculoides (Schizomida: Hubbardiidae) from the arid Pilbara bioregion of Western Australia. Journal of Arachnology46, 507–537.

    Framenau, V.W. & Thomas, M.L. 2018. Spiders of Australia. Reed Concise Guide. New Holland Publishers, 192 pp.

    Framenau, V. W. & Harms, D. 2017. A new species of Mouse Spider (Actinopodidae, Missulena) from the Goldfields region of Western Australia. Evolutionary Systematics1, 39–46.

    Framenau, V. W. 2017Portacosa, a new genus for the south-east Australian Grey Wolf Spider (Araneae, Lycosidae, Lycosinae). Evolutionary Systematics,1, 77–86.

    Framenau, V. W.& Hudson, P. 2017. Revision of the Australian salt lake wolf spiders in the genus Tetralycosa (Lycosidae: Artoriinae). European Journal of Taxonomy, 335, 1–72.

    Framenau, V. W. & Baehr, B. C. 2016. Revision of the Australian Union-Jack Wolf Spiders, genus Tasmanicosa (Lycosidae: Lycosinae). Zootaxa 4213, 1–83.

    Framenau, V. W.& Lehtinen, P. T. 2015Nukuhiva Berland, 1935 is a troglobitic wolf spider (Araneae: Lycosidae), not a nursery-web spider (Pisauridae). Zootaxa4028: 129–135.

    Framenau, V. W. 2015. Review of the Australian wolf spider genus Venator (Araneae, Lycosidae). Zootaxa 4013: 541–555.

    Miglio, L.T., Harms, D., Framenau, V.W., Harvey, M.S. 2014. Four new mouse spider species (Araneae, Mygalomorphae, Actinopodidae, Missulena) from Western Australia. ZooKeys 410, 121–148.

    Framenau, V.W. , Baehr, B. C. & Zborowski, P.  2014A guide to the spiders of Australia. New Holland Publishers, 448 pp. (received Whitley Commendation for best Natural History/Guide 2015)

    Framenau, V.W. & Leung, A.E. 2013Costacosa, a new genus of wolf spider (Araneae, Lycosidae) from coastal north-west Western Australia. Records of the Western Australian Museum, Supplement 83, 173–184.

    Harms, D. & Framenau, V.W. 2013. New species of mouse spiders (Araneae: Mygalomorphae: Actinopodidae: Missulena) from the Pilbara region, Western Australia. Zootaxa 3637,521-540.

    Joseph, M.M. & Framenau, V.W. 2012. Systematic review of a new orb-weaving spider genus (Araneae: Araneidae), with special reference to the Australasian-Pacific and South-East Asian fauna. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 166, 279-341.

    Li, Z., Framenau, V.W. & Zhang, Z.-S. 2012. First record of the wolf spider subfamily Artoriinae and the genus Artoria from China. Zootaxa 3235, 35-44.

    Harvey, F.S.B., Framenau, V.W., Wojcieszek, J.M., Rix, M.G. & Harvey, M.S. 2012. Molecular and morphological characterization of new species in the trapdoor spider genus Aname (Araneae: Mygalomorphae: Nemesiidae) from the Pilbara bioregion of Western Australia. Zootaxa 3383, 15-38.

    Langland, P. R., Brennan, K. E. C., Framenau, V.W. & Main, B. Y. 2011. Predicting the post-fire responses of animal assemblages: testing a trait-based approach using spiders. Journal of Animal Ecology 80, 558-568.

    Framenau, V.W. 2011. Description of a new orb-weaving spider species representing the first record of Novaraneain Australia (Araneae: Araneidae: Araneinae). Zootaxa 2793, 47-55.

    Harvey, M.S., Rix, M.G., Framenau, V.W., Hamilton, Z.R., Johnson, M.S., Teale, R.J., Humphreys, G. & Humphreys, W.F. 2011. Protecting the innocent: studying short-range endemic taxa enhances conservation outcomes. Invertebrate Systematics 25, 1-10.

    Framenau, V.W. 2011Lariniophora, a new monotypic orb-weaving spider genus from Australia (Araneae: Araneidae: Araneinae). Records of the Western Australian Museum 26, 191-201.

    Durrant, B.J., Harvey, M.S., Framenau, V.W., Ott, R. & Waldock, J.M. 2010. Patterns in the composition of ground-dwelling spider communities in the Pilbara region, Western Australia. Records of the Western Australian Museum, Supplement Series 78, 185-204.

    Framenau, V.W., Scharff, N. & Harvey, M.S. 2010. Systematics of the Australian orb-web spider genus Demadiana, with comments on the generic classification of the Arkyinae (Araneae, Araneidae). Invertebrate Systematics 24, 1-33.

    Framenau, V.W. 2010. Revision of the new Australian wolf spider genus Kangarosa (Araneae, Lycosidae). Arthropod Systematics and Phylogeny 68, 113-142.

    Framenau, V.W., Dupérré, N., Vink, C. J. & Blackledge, T. A. 2010. Revision of the new Australian orb-weaving spider genus Backobourkia (Araneae: Araneidae: Araneinae). Arthropod Systematics and Phylogeny 68, 79-111.

    Langlands, P. R. and Framenau, V.W. 2010. Systematic revision of Hoggicosa Roewer, 1960, the Australian bicolor group of wolf spiders (Araneae: Lycosidae). Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 158, 83-123.

    Main, B.Y. & Framenau, V.W. 2009. A new genus of mygalomorph spider from the Great Victoria Desert and neighbouring arid country in south-eastern Western Australia. Records of the Western Australian Museum 25, 277-285.

    Framenau, V.W. & Scharff, N.2009Cyrtobill darwini, a new species in a new orb-weaving spider genus from northern Australia (Araneae: Araneidae: Cyrtophorinae). Records of the Western Australian Museum 25, 315-328.

    Framenau, V.W., Main, B.Y., Harvey, M.S. & Waldock, J.M. 2009.Tapetosa, a new monotypic wolf spider genus from Western Australia (Araneae: Lycosidae: Lycosinae). Records of the Western Australian Museum 25, 309-314.

    Framenau, V.W., Berry, J.W. & Beatty, J.A. 2009. Wolf spiders of the Pacific region: the genus Zoica (Araneae, Lycosidae). Journal of Arachnology37, 225-231.

    Framenau, V.W., Scharff, N. & Levi, H.W. 2009. Not from “Down Under”: new synonymies and combinations for orb-weaving spiders (Araneae: Araneidae) erroneously reported from Australia. Zootaxa 2073, 22-30.

    Framenau, V.W. 2008. A new wolf spider species of the genus Artoria from Western Australia (Araneae: Lycosidae). Records of the Western Australian Museum 24, 363-368.

    Framenau, V.W. & Scharff. N. 2008. The orb-weaving spider genera Larinia in Australia. Arthropod Systematics and Phylogeny 66, 227-250.

    Harmer, A. M. T. & Framenau, V. W. 2008Telaprocera (Araneae: Araneidae), a new genus of orb-web spiders from Australia with highly elongated webs. Zootaxa 1956, 59-80.

    Framenau, V.W. & Thomas, M.L. 2008. Ants (Hymenoptera, Formicidae) of Christmas Island (Indian Ocean): identification and distribution. Records of the Western Australian Museum 25, 45-85.

    Framenau, V.W2008. The male of the orb-weaving spider Cyrtophora unicolor (Araneae, Araneidae). Journal of Arachnology 36, 131-135.

    Framenau, V.W. 2008. A new species in the wolf spider genus Allotrochosina from New South Wales (Australia) (Araneae, Lycosidae). Journal of Arachnology 35, 463-469.

    Framenau, V.W. & Baehr, B.C. 2007. Revision of the Australian wolf spider genus Dingosa (Araneae, Lycosidae). Journal of Natural History(London )41, 1603-1629.

    Framenau, V.W. 2007. Erratum to: Framenau, V. W.2006: The wolf spider genus Venatrix: new species, synonymies and generic transfers (Araneae, Lycosidae). Records of the Western Australian Museum 23: 417.

    Framenau, V.W. & Hebets, E. A. A. 2007. A review of leg ornamentation in male wolf spiders, with the description of a new species from Australia, Artoria schizocoides (Araneae, Lycosidae). Journal of Arachnology 35, 89-101. (May)

    Yoo, J.-S, Framenau, V.W. & Kim, J.-P. 2007Arctosa stigmosa and A. subamylacea are two different species (Araneae, Lycosidae). Journal of Arachnology 35, 171-180.

    Framenau, V.W. 2007. Revision of the new Australian genus Artoriopsis in a new subfamily of wolf spiders, Artoriinae (Araneae: Lycosidae). Zootaxa 1391, 1-34.

    Hosseini, R., Keller, M.A., Schmidt, O. and Framenau, V.W. 2007.Molecular identification of wolf spiders (Lycosidae) by Multiplex Polymerase Chain Reaction. Biological Control 40, 128-135.

    Yoo, J.-S. and Framenau, V.W. 2006. Systematics and biogeography of the wolf spider genus Venonia (Araneae, Lycosidae). Invertebrate Systematics 20, 675-712.

    Framenau, V. W. 2006Mainosa, a new genus for the Australian ‘Shuttlecock Wolf Spider’ (Araneae, Lycosidae). Journal of Arachnology 34, 206-213.

    Framenau, V. W., Gotch, T. B. & Austin, A. D. 2006. The wolf spiders of artesian springs in arid South Australia, with a revalidation of Tetralycosa (Araneae, Lycosidae). Journal of Arachnology 34, 1-36. (August)

    Framenau, V. W. 2006. Revision of the Australian wolf spider genus Anomalosa Roewer, 1960 (Araneae, Lycosidae). Zootaxa 1304, 1-20.

    Framenau, V.W. 2006Knoelle, a new monotypic wolf spider genus from Australia (Araneae, Lycosidae). Zootaxa 1281, 55-67.

    Framenau, V. W. 2006. The wolf spider genus Venatrix: new species, synonymies and generic transfers (Araneae, Lycosidae). Records of the Western Australian Museum 23, 145-166. (July) (Erratum in Records of the Western Australian Museum 23, 417; July 2007)

    Framenau, V. W. 2006. Revision of the Australian wolf spider genus Diahogna Roewer, 1960 (Araneae, Lycosidae). Journal of Natural History(London) 40, 273-292. (May)

    Framenau, V. W. & Yoo, J.-C. 2006. Systematics of the new Australian wolf spider genus Tuberculosa (Araneae, Lycosidae). Invertebrate Systematics 20: 185-202. (March)

    Murphy, N. P., Framenau, V. W., Donellan, S. C., Harvey, M. S., Park, Y.-C. & Austin, A. D. 2006. Phylogenetic reconstruction of the wolf spiders (Araneae, Lycosidae) using sequences from 12S rRNA, 28S rRNA and NADH1 genes: implications for classification, biogeography and the evolution of web-building behavior. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution38: 583-602.

    Tomasiewicz, B. & Framenau, V. W. 2005. Larval chaetotaxy in wolf spiders (Araneae, Lycosidae): systematic insights at the subfamily level. Journal of Arachnology 33: 415-425.

    Framenau, V. W. 2005. Gender specific differences in activity and home range reflect morphological dimorphism in wolf spiders (Araneae, Lycosidae). Journal of Arachnology 33: 334-346.

    Thomas, M. L. and Framenau, V. W. 2005. Foraging decisions of individual workers vary with colony size in the greenhead ant Rhytidoponera metallica (Formicidae, Ectatomminae). Insectes Sociaux 52: 26-30.

    Framenau, V. W. 2005. The wolf spider genus Artoria Thorell (Araneae, Lycosidae) in Australia: new synonyms and generic transfers. Records of the Western Australian Museum 22: 265-292.

    Framenau, V. W. & Elgar, M. A. 2005. Cohort dependent life history traits in a wolf spider (Araneae, Lycosidae) with bimodal life cycle. Journal of Zoology, London 265: 179-188.

    Isbister, G. K. & Framenau, V. W. 2004. Australian wolf spiders bites (Lycosidae): Clinical effects and influence of species on bite circumstances. Journal of Toxicology, Clinical Toxicology 42: 153-161

    Framenau, V. W. 2004 [imprint date 2003]. Two alpine wolf spiders of Australia: Artoria altasp. nov., and the male of Lycosa musgravei McKay, 1974 (Araneae, Lycosidae). Proceedings of the Royal Society of Victoria 115: 27-34.

    Framenau, V. W. 2002. Review of the wolf spider genus Artoria Thorell. Invertebrate Systematics16:209-235.

    Framenau, V. W., Manderbach, R. & Baehr, M. 2002. Riparian gravel banks of upland and lowland rivers in Victoria (South-east Australia): Arthropod community structure and life history patterns in a longitudinal gradient. Australian Journal of Zoology50: 103-123.

    Framenau, V.W. & Vink, C. J. 2001. Revision of the wolf spider genus Venatrix Roewer. Invertebrate Taxonomy 15: 927-970.

    Manderbach, R.and Framenau, V. W. 2001. Spider (Arachnida: Araneae) communities of riparian gravel banks in the Northern European Alps. Bulletin of the British arachnological Society12:1-9.

    Framenau, V. W. & Smit, J. 2000. Die epigäische Spinnenfauna (Araneae) anthropogener Kleinflächen im Universitätsgebiet der Philipps-Universität auf den Lahnbergen bei Marburg. Arachnologische Mitteilungen 20: 26-42.

    Framenau, V. W., Finley, L. A., Allan K., Love, M., Shirley, D. & Elgar, M. A. 2000. Multiple feeding in wolf spiders: the effect of starvation on handling time, ingestion rate, and intercatch intervals in Lycosa lapidosa (Araneae, Lycosidae). Australian Journal of Zoology 48: 59-65.

    Framenau, V. 1998. Life cycles of Lycosa lapidosa McKay, 1974, and Lycosa arenaris (Hogg, 1905), two riparian wolf spiders from south-eastern Australia. In: Selden, P. (ed.) Proceedings of the 17th European Colloquium of Arachnology, Edinburgh 1997, 227-234.

    Heidt, E., Framenau, V.W., Hering, D. and Manderbach, R. 1998. Die Spinnen- und Laufkäferfauna auf ufernahen Schotterbänken von Rhône, Ain (Frankreich) und Tagliamento (Italien) (Arachnida: Araneae; Coleoptera, Carabidae). Entomologische Zeitschrift 108: 142-153.

    Framenau, V. W., M. Reich and H. Plachter. 1996. Zum Wanderverhalten und zur Nahrungsökologie von Arctosa cinerea (Fabricius, 1777) in einer alpinen Wildflußlandschaft. Verhandlungen der Gesellschaft für Ökologie26: 369-376.

    Framenau, V. W., M. Dieterich, M. Reich and H. Plachter. 1996. Life cycle, habitat selection and home range of Arctosa cinerea (Fabricius, 1777) (Araneae: Lycosidae) on a braided section of the Upper Isar (Germany, Bavaria). Revue Suisse Zoologie,vol. hors série 1: 223-234.

    Framenau, V. W. 1996Gnaphosa inconspectaund Xysticus viduus, zwei bemerkenswerte Spinnenfunde an der Oberen Isar (Regierungsbezirk Oberbayern) (Araneae: Gnaphosidae, Thomisidae). Arachnologische Mitteilungen 10: 17-19.