- Series: Pictured Key Nature
- Spiral-bound: 288 pages
- Publisher: McGraw-Hill Science/Engineering/Math; 3 edition (March 1, 1978)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0697048985
- ISBN-13: 978-0697048981
- Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 0.6 x 9.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,786,913 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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How to Know the Spiders (Pictured Key Nature) 3rd Edition
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The books includes areas on:
1) where to find spiders
2) how you should go about collecting and preserving them
3) parasites and other enemies the spider has
4) the anatomy of the arachnid and how to recognize their sex
5) some useful information about the wondrous effects of spider venom
6) a guide on how to actually study spiders
7) the lists of families and higher categories of all spiders (including pictures of the families that are commonly found)
I personally found it to be an interesting read and would say that anyone interested in Entomology or simply looking into spiders should give it peek. You might thank yourself one day.
Some segments are quite technical, but there are enough portions that most people would be able to follow. Two excerpts from one segment regarding which characteristic would best fit the specimen (which, in this case, happens to be a type of wolf spider):
"Posterior spinnerets distinctly longer than the anterior, with the apical segment conical and at least half as long as the basal. Retromargin of cheliceral fang furrow with usually four stout teeth, sometimes five. (Anterior row of eyes longer than the second row, and females without spines above on tibiae III and IV)...... Sosippus"
"Sosippus mimus: The carapace and abdominal dorsum show white markings on a gray or dark brown ground. Length of female 12.9 to 18.2 mm; of male 13.1 to 14.2 mm. Florida west to Louisiana." (Paired with a figure of the spider body to show said markings.)
Again, this book probably isn't for the 'beginner', however it is fairly easy to follow. A beginner may get a general idea of what spider he or she is looking at. Out of all of my spider books, this is the one I come back to over and over again. I'd highly recommend this as a tool for anyone interested in arachnology!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As a biologist it has not only been a huge refresher and has given me new knowledge. The book is in excellent condition.Published 23 months ago by Darla