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Biology of Spiders

4.51  ·  Rating Details ·  39 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
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 since 1930; the new edition contains all the information gathered since that tim ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published September 26th 1996 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published January 28th 1982)
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Ned
Apr 27, 2009 Ned rated it really liked it
A classic. Check out these excerpts:

The importance of the book lungs becomes clear after one closes the lung slits with vaseline; after only 2 minutes the animals become severely paralyzed and after several hours most of them are dead (Kaestner, 1929). In contrast, water spiders (Argyroneta) can stay submerged for several hours, if their adbomen is enclosed by an air bubble (Heinzberger, 1974).

In the following years Witt tested a great variety of drugs (e.g., caffeine, mescaline, and strychnine)
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Ned Rust
Aug 14, 2012 Ned Rust rated it it was amazing
Brilliant. Consider this snippet, "The importance of the book lungs becomes clear after one closes the lung slits with vaseline; after only 2 minutes the animals become severely paralyzed and after several hours most of them are dead (Kaestner, 1929). In contrast, water spiders (Argyroneta) can stay submerged for several hours, if their adbomen is enclosed by an air bubble (Heinzberger, 1974)."
Namrirru
Jul 12, 2007 Namrirru rated it it was amazing
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I love this book! Not just because I love spiders, but this book is lucidly written and filled with interesting anecedotes. Although some of the experiments sound like sadistic torture... How could they do such a thing?? Poor little critters! Even from arachnologists, spiders can't get no love!
Ken-ichi
A great text book on spiders! Covers pretty much everything, excellent diagrams, and slim and cheap to boot!
Koa
Sep 08, 2008 Koa rated it really liked it
Great intro to spider biology with lovely illustrations!
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Sep 05, 2008 Dave marked it as to-read
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A bit high level for me, but very interesting so far.
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