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If you are disappointed by the above description and were hoping to identify live spiders kindly left in your back yard, the unfortunate reality is that spiders are complex little critters and identification beyond the family level is painstaking. The authors cannot be faulted for that, as it is simply a fact of life.
This is clearly a good book for the scientist or graduate student. It is also a good book for someone like me who has a biology degree, is not working in the field, but has been continually vexed by the lack of specificity in field guides. It may even be a good book to give to an aspiring high-schooler who has a genuine interest in biology, particularly spiders or insects, but ONLY if you also give them a stereo dissecting microscope too. This book is not for children below high school, and not for children or adults who have only a casual interest in spiders.
One more important point: let's say you don't have a dissecting microscope, and have no intention of getting one.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
What every budding arachnologist needs. Illustrations are great and keys are relatively easy to follow.Published 4 months ago by cbpceo
They way to go for current spider identification. Ring bound book but it has taken some wear and tear in the lab and still has held up wellPublished 16 months ago by John
Fore someone that wants to identify a spider and not get a PhD in spiders, this is not the book to buy.Published 16 months ago by Roy
A rare, hard-to-find and valuable classic. Fortunate to have found it ... just good timingPublished 18 months ago by Robert L. Zimlich
Very, VERY heady reference manual. This is not a field manual, but a good reference text.Published 19 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 on May 26, 2014 by Jen
I own and have used the third edition for years. I can't wait to use this very extensively updated version.Published on August 31, 2013 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 on May 17, 2013 by Kimberly
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