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Spider Behaviour: Flexibility and Versatility 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0521749275
ISBN-10: 0521749271
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Editorial Reviews


"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

Book Description

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.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (March 7, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521749271
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521749275
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.9 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,451,519 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A great deal of study has been done on the lives and ecology of spiders but a lot still needs to be done. The book provides an outstanding overview on spider biology and points out areas where more research is needed. Chapters include spider webs, mating behavior, and communication.The book is not just for scientists but for anyone who wants to learn about spiders.
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By C.L.L. on September 6, 2015
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Very informative book about the amazing lives of spiders.
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