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Borneo Spiders: A Photographic Field GuideArtist/Author: Koh, Joseph K H, Nicky Bay (Authors), Mashor Mohd Jaini (Foreword By)
As a biodiversity hotspot in tropical Asia, Borneo is a must-visit destination of naturalists around the world. Borneo’s rainforests offer more than just hornbills, orang-utans, proboscis monkeys and pygmy elephants; they support a more spectacular myriad of insects, arachnids and other invertebrates. With rarely seen macro-photography images, we take readers on a journey of discovery of another dimension of Borneo’s appeal to all nature lovers: the rich diversity of Borneo’s spiders and the fascinating natural history of these enigmatic and charismatic creatures.
The increasing availability of macro-photography equipment and popularity of the social media in recent years have bred a new generation of spider enthusiasts in Southeast Asia. They are constantly documenting the morphological details and behavioural peculiarities of spiders. Although some of them have benefited from the recent series of guidebooks on Bornean and Southeast Asian spiders, there is still a strong demand for a new book, partly because the more popular books are already out of stock. More importantly, advances in macro-photography techniques and in taxonomic studies of Sarawak and Sabah spiders in recent years have necessitated a major revision.
Over 540 species of spiders in Borneo Spiders: A Photographic Field Guide, are illustrated, building upon the texts and some of the images in Spiders of Borneo: With Special Reference to Brunei. We hope that this vastly enhanced photographic guide will help to focus regional and international attention on the need to protect the rainforests in Southeast Asia, and add further impetus to advance the vision underlined in the “Heart of Borneo” initiative.
A number of errors were found after the printing of the book. This erratas sheet covers all the errors and new taxonomic updates that have come to attention since the printing of the book.
Tarantulas of the World: TheraphosidaeArtist/Author: Teyssié, François (Author), Pierre Escoubas (Foreword By), Gilbert Hodebert (Illustrator)
Tarantulas of the World describes and illustrates almost 300 species of tarantulas of the Theraphosidae family by biogeographical zone. The descriptions enable non-specialists to identify each species, and provides additional information on lifestyle, habitat and distribution. Theraphosidae systematics are presented in the form of an identification key for subfamilies and a description of particularly note-worthy genera. An exhaustive list of currently known species is also presented by subfamily and by country. Tarantulas of the World also covers Theraphosidae biology: anatomy, primary biological functions, ecology, venomology and pharmacological research. This book also contains advice on breeding and rearing Theraphosidae.
Reed Concise Guide: Spiders of AustraliaArtist/Author: Framenau, Volker W. and Melissa L. Thomas
Amazing ArachnidsArtist/Author: Cowles, JillianThe American Southwest is home to an extraordinary diversity of arachnids, from spitting spiders that squirt silk over their prey to scorpions that court one another with kissing and dancing. Amazing Arachnids presents these enigmatic creatures as you have never seen them before. Featuring a wealth of color photos of more than 300 different kinds of arachnids (including new ones to science) from eleven taxonomic orders–both rare and common species—this stunningly illustrated book reveals the secret lives of arachnids in breathtaking detail, including never-before-seen images of their underground behavior.Amazing Arachnids covers all aspects of arachnid biology, such as anatomy, sociality, mimicry, camouflage, and venoms. You will meet bolas spiders that lure their victims with fake moth pheromones, fishing spiders that woo their mates with silk-wrapped gifts, chivalrous cellar spiders, tiny mites, and massive tarantulas, as well as many others. Along the way, you will learn why arachnids are living fossils in some respects and nimble opportunists in others, and how natural selection has perfected their sensory structures, defense mechanisms, reproductive strategies, and hunting methods.Includes first-ever photos of the underground lives of schizomids and vinegaroons and describes every aspect of arachnid biology, from physiology to biogeography. As well it illustrates courtship and mating, birth, maternal care, hunting, and defense.This book provides the first organized guide to macroscopic mites, including photos of living mites for easy reference
A 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 AustraliaArtist/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.
Common Spiders of North AmericaArtist/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.
Spiders of the Greater Brisbane RegionArtist/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 VersatilityArtist/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.
Scorpions of the WorldArtist/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 ListArtist/Author: Paquin, Pierre et al.
OUT OF PRINT. 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 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.