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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 since 1930; the new edition contains all the information gathered since that time, including the entire world literature on spiders up to 1994. The author has completely updated and revised chapters on ecology, phylogeny and systematics to reflect current knowledge. Over 200 illustrations are included as well as an extensive reference section. The only modern textbook available on the subject, this will prove an invaluable resource for professionals, students, and researchers in zoology, entomology, ecology and physiology.
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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 Biology

Advance 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 Activist

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195095944
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 9/26/1996
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 9.25 (w) x 6.13 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Meet the Author

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

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Table of Contents

1 An Introduction to Spiders 3
2 Functional Anatomy 12
3 Metabolism 38
4 Neurobiology 68
5 Spider Webs 110
6 Locomotion and Prey Capture 150
7 Reproduction 176
8 Development 213
9 Ecology 234
10 Phylogeny and Systematics 265
Bibliography 277
Index 323
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2007

    Biology of a spider is amazingy.

    So I guess if you don't know jack about spiders and only want to know the basics, then this book prolly isn't for you. But for those out there who know more than the average Joe and wish to expand there knowledge of spiders in general, this book is by far the raining champ on the subject. there is not a public library out there that I have come across that even has this book, or any other book that comes close to this one as far as all around detail. BE WARNED!!! this is a dry read, but for those of you who have searched for an outstanding spider book, this is the book for you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2003

    the coplete spider

    actually i want an invoice of this book addressed the principal investigator, icar project, division of arachnology, sacred heart college, thevara, kochi, kerala-682013, india

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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