"This book somehow mends the past neglect of these eight-legged anthropods and makes a strong case for considering them as a valuable behavioral model. Recommended."
J.M. Gonzalez, Choice Magazine
"Spider Behaviour: Flexibility and Versatility presents an excellent summary of the state of behavioural research on spiders that a broad range of readers will find stimulating. Herberstein deserves congratulations for conceiving of and editing such a fine book."
Linda S. Rayor, Animal Behaviour
"This volume boasts a dream team of authors, including rising stars and field luminaries, each summarizing their respective fields. The book emphasizes the flexibility, versatility, and sheer diversity of spider behavior. Generally, it takes on the daunting task of summarizing all of spider behavior with remarkable finesse. One of the volume's most impressive feats is its attention to the recent literature in rapidly moving subfields. Doubtlessly the text is destined to serve a valuable reference for both arachnologists and behaviorists. Personally, I know I will be assigning this volume to both undergraduate and graduate students for years to come. I suspect so will many others."
Jonathan N. Pruitt, The Quarterly Review of Biology
Targeting students and researchers unfamiliar with spiders as well providing a resource for those already working in the field, this book explores the variability and plasticity found in spider behaviour. It covers a broad range of behaviours from foraging and web building to communication and courtship.