Taxonomic Services

Mining projects are often delayed by 'taxonomic bottlenecks' caused by records of many new species, few local experts and/or a lack of formal guidance on new species.

Phoenix Environmental Sciences' team of internationally-recognised taxonomists offers extensive experience in invertebrate species systematics and biology and fast turn-around times that effectively eliminate costly project delays.

We provide in-house taxonomic expertise in technical and identification services for the majority of short-range endemic invertebrates (SRE), including terrestrial (surface-dwelling) invertebrates and subterranean fauna, specifically for the following groups:

  • Araneae (Mygalomorphae and Araneomorphae) (trapdoor and modern Spiders)
  • Pseudoscorpiones (false scorpions)
  • Schizomida (short-tailed whipscorpions)
  • Scorpiones (scorpions)
  • Opiliones (harvestmen)
  • Palpigradi (micro whip scorpions)

  • Diplopoda (millipedes)
  • Chilopoda (centipedes)
  • Symphyla
  • Pauropoda

  • Isopoda (slaters, woodlice)
  • Amphipoda (amphipods)
  • Syncarida (syncarids)

  • Diplura(diplurans)
  • Blattaria (cockroaches)
  • Hymenoptera (ants, bees, wasps)
  • Diptera (flies)
  • Hemiptera (bugs, cicadas, aphids)


Dr Volker Framenau is one of the leading arachnologists in Australia. As former Curator of SRE Terrestrial Invertebrates at the Western Australian Museum, Volker developed significant expertise in local SRE taxa, in particular mygalomorph spiders, schizomids and millipedes.

As a Research Associate, Volker maintains excellent working relationships with experts in the Departments of Aquatic and Terrestrial Zoology of the Western Australian Museum and the collections of the museum are referred to frequently as part of the identification process at Phoenix Environmental Sciences.

Our services include:
  • Taxonomy of Arachnida (all orders except Acari), Myriapoda, Crustacea, Insecta.
  • Sample handling, specimen lodgement: we can sort bulk-bottled material straight from the field, and handle specimen lodgement to the Western Australian Museum (labelling, preparation of electronic data for lodgement, and the lodgement itself).
  • Express service: Available for projects with tight timelines (additional fees apply), to prioritise your samples and reduce processing time from an average four weeks to a maximum of two weeks (conditions apply).
  • Reporting: For all specimens submitted for identification, including taxonomic background, identifications and interpretation of distributional data (i.e. assessment of SRE status).
  • Photography: We use state-of-the-art photographic equipment to provide high-quality microscopic images for your reporting needs (see samples here). Phoenix can also take high quality photos of live specimens for your report if live animals are supplied.
  • Taxonomic and systematic research: We offer taxonomic and systematic research, for example, scientific descriptions of species or genera in peer-reviewed journals as part of environmental offset packages.

Click here to download our specimen submission form and submission requirements.

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