This is clearly a good book for the scientist or graduate student.
This book is still indispensable to the amateur arachnologist, who presumably has a set of photographic guides to spiders of one kind or another.
The book comes with excellent depictions of taxonomic characters so identification is aided by visual cues.
Fore someone that wants to identify a spider and not get a PhD in spiders, this is not the book to buy.Published 13 days ago by Roy
A rare, hard-to-find and valuable classic. Fortunate to have found it ... just good timingPublished 2 months ago by Robert L. Zimlich
Very, VERY heady reference manual. This is not a field manual, but a good reference text.Published 3 months ago by Old Marine
This is a nice reference book to add to an entomologist's collection, especially one who has an interest in spiders.Published 11 months ago by Jen
I own and have used the third edition for years. I can't wait to use this very extensively updated version.Published 19 months ago by craig sondergaard
I used this book to help identify spiders for a spider collection project. The spider descriptions, keys, references and glossary are phenomenal.Published 23 months ago by Kimberly
I note that several reviewers criticize this book for being too technical, pointing out that its illustrations are line drawings rather than photographs or life-like paintings, and... Read morePublished on December 1, 2012 by Jerry Cates
There are no color pictures or drawings of spiders for quick identification.
Every Drawing is in pencil. Buy something to color with and color away. Read more
This key is great for research, or class use. The well written introductory chapters give enough background information to allow anyone to key to the family level.Published on December 6, 2010 by Timothy J. Suhr