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Field Guide to Spiders of AustraliaArtist/Author: Whyte, Robert and Greg Anderson.
This excellent field guide uses photographs of live animals to enable identification of commonly encountered spiders to the family level and, in some cases, to genus and species. Featuring over 1,300 colour photographs, it is the most comprehensive account of Australian spiders ever published. With more than two-thirds of Australian spiders yet to be scientifically described, this book sets the scene for future explorations of our extraordinary Australian fauna.
Robert Whyte is an honorary researcher in arachnology at the Queensland Museum. He is an accomplished editor, author and journalist, with skills in photography and publication design.
Greg Anderson is a biomedical research scientist and heads the Chronic Disorders Program at the QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute in Brisbane. He has travelled extensively around Australia and other parts of the world studying and photographing spiders.
• Covers all known Australian spider families and illustrated with over 1300 stunning colour photographs
• Highly accurate and vetted by experts, it contains the most up-to-date taxonomy information.
A guide to the spiders of Australia.Artist/Author: Framenau, Volker W., Barbara C. Baehr and Paul Zborowski.
The first comprehensive guide to cover all 79 spider families that occur in Australia. This book contains nearly 400 colour photographs of spiders and their webs, many of which have never been published before. The detailed introduction covers spider structure, evolution, reproduction, silk and venom, and family characteristics.
Fauna of New Zealand Number 70: Periegopidae (Arachnida: Araneae).Artist/Author: Vink, C. J., Duperre, Nadine and J. Malumbres-Olarte.
There are only three species known in the family Periegopidae and all are in one genus, Periegops. These rare spiders have only ever been found in relict forests at limited locations in New Zealand (Banks Peninsula, Riccarton Bush, the Aldermen Islands, and East Cape) and in Queensland, Australia. Periegopids are only found in forest with a deep leaf litter layer and well-drained soil. They do not build a web, but hunt on the forest floor. Periegopids can be most readily distinguished from other spiders found in New Zealand by having six eyes arranged in three widely spaced diads. Two species of Periegopidae, both in the genus Periegops Simon 1893, are found in New Zealand; P. suterii (Urquhart, 1892) and a newly described species. In this new Fauna of New Zealand contribution the genus and both species are described or redescribed, with information on synonymy, type data, material examined, and geographical distribution. Habitus images of adults, illustrations of important morphological features, and distribution maps are provided, and a key is given. A molecular phylogenetic analysis examining the relationships between eight specimens of P. suterii and three specimens of the new species using COI data is presented.
Common spiders of North America.Artist/Author: Bradley, Richard A. and Steve Buchanan.
Spiders are among the most diverse groups of terrestrial invertebrates, yet they are among the least studied and poorly understood groups. This beautifully illustrated volume is the first comprehensive guide to all 68 families of spiders in North America and illustrates 469 of the most commonly encountered species. Species descriptions include identification tips, typical habitat, geographic distribution, and behavioural notes. A concise illustrated introduction to spider biology and anatomy provides the key for understanding spider relationships. This book is a critical resource for curious naturalists who want to understand this ubiquitous and ecologically critical component of our biosphere.
Spider.Artist/Author: Michalski, Katarzyna and Sergiusz Michalski.
Reaktion Animal Series. The spider has a rich symbolic presence in the human imagination. Seen as representing death, due to its poisoned fangs and pitiless, predatory nature, the spider can also represent both creativity and creation: it weaves an intricate web and females carry a sac containing thousands of eggs. Spiders of course are also feared and reviled because of their appearance and skittery, spasmodic movements. In this comprehensive study, Katarzyna and Sergiusz Michalski investigate the cultural significance of the spider, as well as presenting the natural history of this fascinating, ancient creature. Spider analyses the arachnid’s appearance in the literature of Dostoyevsky and Hugo, and the many depictions of the spider in art, paying particular attention to the sculptures of Louise Bourgeois. Horror stories, science fiction, folklore and children’s tales are reviewed, as well as the affliction of arachnophobia, and the procedures used in curing the condition. The psychological association of the spider with dominant women or mothers is explored, as is the role of the spider metaphor in Freudian and Jungian psychoanalysis.
This in-depth account closes with an analysis of the way in which the sinister nature of the spider lends itself to unfavourable portrayal in film. A thorough, wide-ranging account of the natural and cultural history of the spider, this book will appeal to anybody who admires, or fears, this complex, delicate yet powerful creature.
Spiders of the Greater Brisbane region.Artist/Author: Raven, Robert and Owen Seeman.
Highlights the many spiders encountered in homes, gardens and bushland in the Greater Brisbane Region. Each species description includes a full-colour photograph and concise information on key features, habitat and distribution.
Spider behaviour: flexibility and versatility.Artist/Author: Herberstein, Marie Elisabeth, editor.
Spiders are often underestimated as suitable behavioural models because of the general belief that due to their small brains their behaviour is innate and mostly invariable. Challenging this assumption, this fascinating book shows that rather than having a limited behavioural repertoire, spiders show surprising cognitive abilities, changing their behaviour to suit their situational needs. The team of authors unravels the considerable intra-specific as well as intra-individual variability and plasticity in different behaviours ranging from foraging and web building to communication and courtship. An introductory chapter on spider biology, systematics and evolution provides the reader with the necessary background information to understand the discussed behaviours and helps to place them into an evolutionary context. Highlighting an under-explored area of behaviour, this book will provide new ideas for behavioural researchers and students unfamiliar with spiders as well as a valuable resource for those already working in this intriguing field. Also available in hardcover [stock id 32659].
Fauna of New Zealand Number 64: Pisauridae (Arachnida: Araneae).Artist/Author: Vink, Cor J. et al.
This title is not held in stock but we are happy to supply on special order. Please contact us. Four closely related species of Pisauridae (nurseryweb spiders) are found in New Zealand; three on the mainland and one on the Chatham Islands. All species are endemic to New Zealand and are likely to be related to Australian species. The most common species is Dolomedes minor, found throughout New Zealand in scrubland, grassland, swamps and marshes. Dolomedes aquaticus is found in open riverbeds and stony lakeshores throughout the South Island and in the southern half of the North Island. A new species of Dolomedes is found in shaded riverbeds throughout the mainland. The Chatham Island species, Dolomedes schauinslandi, is nationally endangered due to its restricted range. In this Fauna the genus Dolomedes and all New Zealand species are described, with information on synonymy, type data, material examined, and geographical distribution. Habitus images of adults, illustrations of important structural features, and distribution maps are provided. A key to adults is given. A molecular phylogenetic analysis examining the relationships of New Zealand species in the genus is presented.
Scorpions of the world.Artist/Author: Stockmann, Roland and Eric Ythier.
In English. Over 350 scorpion species described and illustrated by biogeographical zone. Descriptions provide non-specialists ways to recognise easily each species illustrated, along with notes on the toxicity, habitat, habits and distribution. Scorpion taxonomy and diversity are dealt with by the presentation of a taxonomic key to families and a description of genera. An exhaustive list of currently known species and their distribution is also featured.
A comprehensive guide to the biology of scorpions. The book covers scorpion biology (anatomy and the main biological functions, ecology, resistance to ionising radiation), as well as venomology and the medical importance of species across the globe (venoms and treatment against envenomation, scorpion control). The myths and legends linked to scorpions are also presented. Advice is given to those wishing to rear these animals in captivity.
Spiders of New Zealand: an annotated family key and species list.Artist/Author: Paquin, Pierre et al.
The authoritative identification manual for the 57 spider families of New Zealand. It features more than 500 magnificent, detailed illustrations, a key to the spider families found in New Zealand, an introduction which includes notes on spider anatomy and some tips for specimen examination, and a comprehensive bibliography. All 57 families are addressed, each in a dedicated chapter, with illustrations of exemplar species and morphological features, a complete species list, and information on diversity, diagnostic characters, taxonomic notes, key references, habitat and distribution.
Spider silk: evolution and 400 million years of spinning, waiting, snagging and mating.Artist/Author: Brunetta, Leslie and Catherine L. Craig.
Spiders, objects of eternal human fascination, are found in many places: on the ground, in the air, and even under water. Leslie Brunetta and Catherine Craig have teamed up to produce a substantive yet entertaining book for anyone who has ever wondered, as a spider rappelled out of reach on a line of silk, How do they do that? The authors describe the trials and triumphs of spiders as they use silk to negotiate an ever-changing environment, and they show how natural selection acts at the genetic level and as individuals struggle for survival.
Spider research in the 21st century.Artist/Author: Penny, David, editor.
Over the last few decades innovations such as the internet, increased computing capabilities, molecular techniques and new imaging technologies have altered the way we do research in the 21st century. The result is a great increase in multi-disciplinary research and novel avenues incorporating spiders as model organisms. In short, we are in a new era of research, being published in an ever increasing number of diverse, rapid-publication outlets, to the extent that it is difficult to keep track of all the progress that has been made in recent years and in which directions the various fields are heading. This edited volume brings together the state-of-the-art knowledge bases for the diverse topics that fall under the remit of spider-related research. The subjects covered include biodiversity, Systematics, evolutionary ecology, biogeography, Genetics and Genomics, Agroecology, behaviour, Silk and Palaeontology. Each chapter was written by a recognized world leader and many present previously unpublished data and new analyses. This volume will be of interest to professional arachnologists, but the research techniques covered can obviously be applied to other groups of organisms as well.