David Hirst (arachnologist)

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David B. Hirst
Residence Adelaide, Australia
Known for Research on the Sparassidae family
Scientific career
Fields Arachnology
Institutions South Australian Museum
Author abbrev. (zoology) Hirst

David B. Hirst is an arachnologist previously based at the South Australian Museum in Adelaide.[1][2] He left the Museum on 22 February 2011. He has described more than 40 species and genera in the Sparassidae (huntsman spider) family,[3] and was regularly called on by New Zealand authorities to identify huntsman spiders that entered their country.[4]


  1. ^ Hirst, David B. (1992). "Revision of the Genus Isopeda Koch (Heteropodidae : Araneae) in Australia". Invertebrate Taxonomy. Collingwood, Victoria, Australia: CSIRO Publishing. 6 (2): 337–87. doi:10.1071/IT9920337. ISSN 1445-5226. OCLC 50150601. 
  2. ^ Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Adelaide (2012). "Clinical Toxinology Short Course 2012" (PDF). Adelaide, Australia: University of Adelaide. p. 2. Retrieved 12 April 2012. 
  3. ^ Platnick, Norman I. (10 December 2011). "Fam. Sparassidae". The World Spider Catalog, Version 12.5. New York, NY, USA: American Museum of Natural History. doi:10.5531/db.iz.0001. Retrieved 12 April 2012. 
  4. ^ Hirst, David B.; Waldock, Julianne M.; Bennett, Shaun J.; Hall, Grace (September 2006). Framenau, Volker, ed. "The Huntsman Spiders (Sparassidae) of New Zealand" (PDF). Australasian Arachnology. Australia: Australasian Arachnological Society (75): 11–13. ISSN 0811-3696. OCLC 24764624. Retrieved 9 July 2012.