Biology of Spiders

Biology of Spiders

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An updated translation by the author of the second German-language edition from Thieme Verlag, published under licence agreement with that publisher under dual imprint. This is the definitive text on all aspects of spider biology. The author places greater emphasis on ecology and systematics in this edition, in response to the only criticisms made of the first more

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  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 15.24mm | 657.71g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • frontispiece, numerous halftones and line figures, tables
  • 0195095944
  • 9780195095944
  • 1,085,151

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"The reader who wishes to go beyond the more general books on spiders but not become entangled in highly technical monographs will find this attractive and moderately sized volume rewarding. It is very readable for anyone with a basic understanding of biology and chemistry and, of course, the desire to learn. . . . An excellent choice for undergraduates and above."--Choice"The biology of spiders often receives only cursory treatment in invertebrate zoology textbooks. This superb volume corrects this deficiency. It is an excellent primary textbook for an arachnology course or a supplementary one for an invertebrate zoology or entomology course. It is also a good introduction for anyone interested in this fascinating group of organisms. . . . No other general textbook on spiders exists that is as current and informative as the Biology of Spiders."--The Quarterly Review of BiologyAdvance Praise: "The new edition includes so much new information that it will no doubt be bought by people who own the old edition. . .The book is written to a broad audience and thus should attract readers from all levels of education, including high schools, colleges, universities as well as the interested amateur." --Jonathan Coddington and Nikolaj Scharff, Smithsonian Institution"The second German edition is superb. . .the update is excellent. . .I am just as enthusiastic about this edition as I am the first." --Herbert Levi, Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University"Foelix has done a fine job of adding important new references to the text and bibliography. . .The revised edition maintains the strength of the original version; this is by far the best review of spider anatomy and physiology available." --Norman Platnick, Chairman and Curator, Department of Entomology, American Museum of Natural History"There is little doubt that this book will prove to be an invaluable resource for professionals, students, and researchers."--Y.E.S. Quarterly"A major summary of what is known about spider biology. . .Highly recommended."--Wildlife Activistshow more

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An enormous amount of research in spider biology in recent years has resulted in significant new insights into this diverse group of organisms. The response to this outpouring is an updated edition of this widely regarded classic. First published in 1979, this was the first textbook on spiders in 50 years; the new edition contains all the information gathered since that time, including the entire world literature on spiders up to more

Table of contents

1. An Introduction to Spiders ; 2. Functional Anatomy ; 3. Metabolism ; 4. Neurobiology ; 5. Spider Webs ; 6. Locomotion and Prey Capture ; 7. Reproduction ; 8. Development ; 9. Ecology ; 10. Phylogeny and Systematicsshow more

About Rainer F. Foelix

Dr. R.F. Foelix is widely regarded as one of the foremost experts in spider more

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