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Species Sphodros atlanticus - Atlantic purseweb spider

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Spider Behaviour: Flexibility and Versatility 1st Edition
By Edited by Marie Elisabeth Herberstein
Cambridge University Press, 2011
Spiders are often underestimated as suitable behavioral models because of the general belief that due to their small brains their behavior is innate and mostly invariable. Challenging this assumption, this fascinating book shows that rather than having a limited behavioral repertoire, spiders show surprising cognitive abilities, changing their behavior to suit their situational needs. The team of authors unravels the considerable intra-specific as well as intra-individual variability and plasticity in different behaviors ranging from foraging and web building to communication and courtship. An introductory chapter on spider biology and systematics provides the reader with the necessary background information to understand the discussed behaviors.

Biology of Spiders 3rd Edition
By Rainer F. Foelix
Oxford University Press, 2010
One of the only books to treat the whole spider, from its behavior and physiology to its neurobiology and reproductive characteristics, Biology of Spiders is considered a classic in spider literature. First published in German in 1979, the book is now in its third edition, and has established itself as the supreme authority on these fascinating creatures.

Containing five hundred new references, this book incorporates the latest research while dispelling many oft-heard myths and misconceptions that surround spiders. Of special interest are chapters on the structure and function of spider webs and silk, as well as those on spider venom. A new subchapter on tarantulas will appeal especially to tarantula keepers and breeders.

An annotated checklist of the spiders of Washington
By R.L. Crawford
Burke Mus. Contrib. Anthrop. Nat. Hist. 5: 1-48, 1988

A Dictionary for Arachnology
By Tim Williams
lulu.com , 2009
Arachnids are an extremely diverse and facsinating group of animals with over 100,000 known species in well over 700 families. With over 6,400 entries, this dictionary for arachnology is the most complete reference work of its kind available today and includes a comprehensive taxonomic coverage of the orders Acarina, Amblypygi, Araneae, Opiliones, Palpigradi, Pseudoscorpiones, Ricinulei, Schizomida, Scorpiones, Solifugae and Uropygi down to the level of family, including many species that are of particular interest. Appendices give a synopsis of the class Arachnida and an alphabetical list of all the families. Arachnology is not studied in isolation, therefore the more common terms from the fields of Anatomy, Animal Behavior, Ecology, Genetics, Taxonomy and Zoogeography, as well as many terms covering sizes, shapes, colors, forms and textures have been included.

Arachnids
By Jan Beccaloni
University of California Press; 1 edition (November 1, 2009) , 2009
With around 11 distinctive lineages and over 38,000 species of spiders alone, arachnids are an amazingly diverse group of invertebrates--and with names like the Goliath Bird-Eating Spider, the Tailless Whip Spider, and the Harvestman, they can be both spectacular and captivating. Most books about arachnids focus on spiders, neglecting scorpions, ticks, mites, wind spiders, and other fascinating yet poorly understood groups. This adventurous volume summarizes all existing knowledge about each major type of arachnid, revealing their secrets through detailed species accounts, brilliant photographs, and a compelling cast of eight-legged characters.

Predator Upon A Flower: Life History and Fitness in a Crab Spider
By Douglass H. Morse
Harvard University Press, 2007
I highly recommend this thoughtful work to any individual interested in the natural history, life history parameters, foraging behavior, and fitness of any organism. In addition to containing a wealth of information on the biology of a wide-ranging prarie spider commonly found in the flowerheads of milkweed, goldenrod, and prarie rose, this reasonably priced work may be regarded as a manual of research design and methods useful in undertaking nature studies anywhere. It will make a valuable addition to your library.
--Hank Guarisco (Great Plains Research )

Eight-Legged Marvels
By Chad Arment
Coachwhip Publications, 2008
Eight-Legged Marvels explores the diversity of colors, shapes, sizes, and behaviors of spiders around the world. Beyond a basic review of the biology of spiders, it offers incentive to think about beauty and design in a fascinating group of animals.

SPIDERS The Ultimate Predators
By Stephen Dalton
Firefly Books [U.S.] Inc., 2008
Spiders are the most successful of all terrestrial predators.

Humans share the planet with about 40,000 known species of the remarkable creatures called spiders. From mountaintops to seashores and from ponds to deserts, spiders are likely to be nearby.

Stephen Dalton provides fascinating information on the astonishing array of techniques spiders use for catching their prey: trapping in webs, lassoing, jumping, stealing, chasing, ambushing, spitting, fishing, masquerading as other animals and even attracting prey by mimicking the prey's pheromones.

Although spiders have an image problem, many of these intriguing creatures are actually not at all creepy. The jumping spiders, by far the most numerous single group, have, some might say, an almost cuddly appearance.

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