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Species Sphodros atlanticus - Atlantic purseweb spider

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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.

The Private Life of Spiders
By Paul Hillyard
Princeton University Press, 2008
Review
Paul Hillyard's Private Life of Spiders is enjoyable to read, very informative, and beautifully illustrated. The photographs are truly stunning and make a wonderful complement to the text's excellent information on spider life and biology for the general reader. This book will be a terrific addition to any naturalist's or spider lover's library.
(Paula E. Cushing, president of the American Arachnological Society )

The Common Spiders of the United States
By James Henry Emerton
Dover (reprint) Ginn & Company (original), 1902
Public domain work. Also available in Google Books.

The Life of the Spider
By Jean-Henri Fabre
Kessinger Publishing, 2004
Book Description
1913. With a Preface by Maurice Maeterlinck. From the Preface: J.H. Fabre, as some few people know, is the author of half a score of well-filled volumes in which, under the title of Souvenirs Entomologiques, he has set down the results of fifty years of observations, study and experiment on the insects that seem to us the best-known and the most familiar: different species of wasps and wild bees, a few gnats, flies, beetles and caterpillars; in a word, all those vague, unconscious, rudimentary and almost nameless little lives which surround us on every side and which we contemplate with eyes that are amused, but already thinking of other things, when we open our window to welcome the first hours of spring, or when we go into the gardens or the fields to bask in the blue summer days. This volume focuses on the Spider.

Spiders in Ecological Webs (Cambridge Studies in Ecology)
By David Wise
Cambridge University Press, 1995
Book Description
As experimental organisms, spiders offer ecologists a unique opportunity to examine the concept of the ecological community and the role that field experimentation can play in evaluating theories of population and community ecology. In this book, David Wise provides a balanced critique of field experiments designed to uncover details of spider ecology, with the dual aim of clarifying the ecology of these fascinating organisms and providing insight into the advantages and challenges of performing field experiments with a predator ubiquitous in terrestrial ecosystems.

American Spiders and their Spinning Work
By Henry C. McCook
Coachwhip Publications, 2006
The Rev. Henry C. McCook spent years researching and writing his 3 volume set, American Spiders and their Spinningwork. The three volumes were originally self-published in 1889, 1890, and 1894, under the auspices of the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia (where McCook was vice-president). Primarily covering the orb-weaving spiders, there is plenty of material on jumping spiders, wandering spiders, trapdoor spiders, and other species. This is one of the most thorough examinations of the natural history of American spiders, but due to its scarcity (only a limited number of volumes were originally printed), it is not well known by spider enthusiasts today. For the purpose of this reprint, the text and figures of all three volumes have been placed in Book 1. The color plates have been placed in Book 2.

American Spiders
By Willis J. Gertsch
Van Nostrand Reinhold; Second edition, 1979
Genera and species should be cross-referenced at the World Spider Catalog for current nomenclature.

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