Michael Rix

Research Associate, W.A. Museum; Postdoctoral Fellow, Australian Centre for Evolutionary Biology and Biodiversity, The University of Adelaide

Molecular Systematics Unit

BSc (Hons); PhD

Michael Rix standing on a balcony in the bush

Contact

+61 (8) 9212 3865 michael.rix@museum.wa.gov.au

Research


  • Arachnology and the biology of terrestrial arthropods
  • Systematic biology, cladistics, phylogenetics
  • Biogeography
  • Species delimitation
  • Terrestrial invertebrate conservation
 

Major project

  • Evolution and biogeography of Australian idiopid trapdoor spiders: implications for conservation biology and environmental assessment

Exhibitions and Public Programs


  • Co-supervisor of postgraduate students.
  • Invited lecturer and tutor of undergraduate and postgraduate students.
  • Mentor of primary and secondary school students for official science projects.
 

Selected Publications

Harrison, S.E., Rix, M.G., Harvey, M.S. and Austin, A.D. (2016). An African mygalomorph lineage in temperate Australia: the trapdoor spider genus Moggridgea (Araneae: Migidae) on Kangaroo Island, South Australia. Austral Entomology 55: 208-216.

Harvey, M.S., Main, B.Y., Rix, M.G. and Cooper, S.J.B. (2015). Refugia within refugia: in situ speciation and conservation of threatened Bertmainius (Araneae: Migidae), a new genus of relictual trapdoor spiders endemic to the mesic zone of south-western Australia. Invertebrate Systematics 29: 511-553.

Rix, M.G., Edwards, D.L., Byrne, M., Harvey, M.S., Joseph, L. and Roberts, J.D. (2015). Biogeography and speciation of terrestrial fauna in the south-western Australian biodiversity hotspot. Biological Reviews 90: 762-793.

Rix, M.G., Edwards, D.L., Byrne, M., Harvey, M.S., Joseph, L. and Roberts, J.D. (submitted). Biogeography and speciation of terrestrial fauna in the south-western Australian biodiversity hotspot. Biological Reviews.

Rix, M.G. and Harvey, M.S. (2012). Australian Assassins, Part III: A review of the assassin spiders (Araneae, Archaeidae) of tropical north-eastern Queensland. ZooKeys 218: 1-55.

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

Rix, M.G. and Harvey, M.S. (2012). Australian Assassins, Part II: A review of the new assassin spider genus Zephyrarchaea (Araneae, Archaeidae) from southern Australia. ZooKeys 191: 1-62.

Rix, M.G. and Harvey, M.S. (2012). Phylogeny and historical biogeography of ancient assassin spiders (Araneae: Archaeidae) in the Australian mesic zone: evidence for Miocene speciation within Tertiary refugia. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 62: 375-396.

Rix, M.G. and Harvey, M.S. (2011). Australian Assassins, Part I: A review of the Assassin Spiders (Araneae, Archaeidae) of mid-eastern Australia. ZooKeys 123: 1-100.

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

Rix, M.G., Harvey, M.S. and Roberts, J.D. (2010). A revision of the textricellin spider genus Raveniella (Araneae: Araneoidea: Micropholcommatidae): exploring patterns of phylogeny and biogeography in an Australian biodiversity hotspot. Invertebrate Systematics 24: 209-237.

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.

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.