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Praise for Biology of Spiders, 2nd Edition:

"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


Praise for Biology of Spiders, 2nd Edition:

"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


"This is one amazing book. I would call this the ultimate book when it comes to spiders. There is an endless amount of fascinating information for the amateur naturalist like me and for the professional arachnologist. I commend the author and publisher for a book that is of
value to both groups. The first edition was written in 1979, but no need to worry about obsolescence: 500 new references have been added since the 2nd edition." -- Mike van den Tillaart


"It remains the first port of call for anyone initiating any study of the spiders, while also becoming an essential reference for established researchers and teachers of invertebrate biology." -- Trends in Ecology and Evolution


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 3 edition (December 31, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199734828
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199734825
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 1.1 x 6.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #131,037 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 27, 1999
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One of the few factorial books I have ever been able to read without dropping off after a couple of pages. A really great book eases you gently into the web of facts without getting snared (sorry!). If you love spiders this is your book, if you don't you may change your mind or at least gain a huge amount of admiration for the little beasties! Wonderfully written with clear diagrams and great photos I can wholeheartedly recommend it.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 23, 1999
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I came to this book after reading every spider field guide, "popular science" title and Internet site I could find, all of which I also found wanting. Foelix's book has all the information I wanted, presented with the calm majesty that only the very best professors can manage. It's truly a college course in itself, always challenging and never condescending.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By burstein@access1.net Dr. Neal Burstein on September 18, 1999
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This review covers concisely a half-century of research in spider anatomy, development, behavior, and the complete biological profile. It contains a great number of photographs, drawings, and electron micrographs, illustrating precisely what is known about spiders at the publication date of 1996. There is not another reference that comes close to summarizing this knowledge in one place.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By J. Hargrove VINE VOICE on February 21, 2005
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About the only complaint I have with this book is that the author doesn't clearly identify the intended audience. I'll do that for him: if you love spiders you absolutely must have this book. This provides an excellent survey of virtually everything about the biology of spiders. The detail is stupendous, especially the microphotographs of various parts of spider anatomy.

This book is probably most appropriate as a text for an upper level college course, but any budding arachnologist should read it. Anyone who loves spiders as I do will love this book.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Raine on February 24, 2006
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I have enjoyed using this book because of the detailed graphs and labeled pictures inside. The information that is given makes spider biology a little easier to grasp. Information is layed out neatly for the beginner so that you build foundations for learning about all the parts that make up a spider. However, some of the terminology was not suitable for a beginner and I had to look some of it up elsewhere to understand what the book was showing me. I recommend this book to anyone interested in this subject.
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23 of 28 people found the following review helpful By merrymousies on August 5, 2001
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This is a super book on spiders. Its technical but still understandable. I don't have a science background so I was hoping it wouldn't be too tough to read and its not. It has pictures and it goes through everything you'd like to know about spiders from how they weave webs to how the webs are structured to how they reproduce etc etc. I was interested because I see all these beautiful webs in my gardens and I wanted to learn more about spiders. This gave me justt the depth I was looking for without expecting me to have a pHd in the subject. I really liked this book
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By D. E. Hill on December 11, 2010
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The third edition of this book (cover illustrated) is available from Oxford University Press. The third edition (available 12/31/2010) has been redone and brought up to date with about 500 new references, much new content, and about 100 more pages than the second edition. It is the best version of an outstanding introduction for people with a serious interest in biology of spiders. As others have mentioned, this is the only book that one could recommend as a text in an introductory course on spider biology, but it is quite easy to approach for the serious naturalist as well. Rainer Foelix is a very careful and critical scientist, and also has an eye for new ideas that are not presented in any other context than this book. For the professional or amateur zoologist, spiders represent one of the most accessible and yet diverse group of animals out there. Compared to other books of its scope and quality, this is a real bargain. I have recommended it to serious 12 year olds, but even younger children with a serious interest and advanced reading level would enjoy this immensely. It is not only an excellent introduction to spiders, but also to a wide range of subjects in anatomy, functional morphology, and behavior. If I were to teach a course in Invertebrate Zoology, I would use this (and several other books on other groups) as one of my texts, because it provides a level of depth that college undergraduates should be exposed to.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By T. J. Hudak on January 19, 2007
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This book is worthy of being considered a text book for serious students of spiders but it is easily readable for the average person. It absolutely tells you everything you could want to know about the life of these creatures. Excellent diagrams of each subject matter. I recommend it highly for the detailed information you need to have. While it did have pictures of various spiders, I was disappointed it did not have pictures of specific spiders so that you might be able to identify ones you find. It is a little pricey and complex so it isn't for casual interest.
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