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Spider Genera of North America with Keys to Families and Genera and a Guide to Literature (2nd edition)
By Vincent D. Roth
American Arachnological Society, Gainesville, Florida, 1985
First edition published in 1982 as Handbook for Spider Identification, copyright 1985 by author.

Third edition published in 1993 with same title as this second edition, copyright 1993 by author. (This is listed as 1994 in the World Spider Catalog, not sure why.)

All editions are out of print, so these can be tough to acquire. This book says that copies are available from Jon Reiskind, Dept. Zool., Univ. of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611, but I contacted him a long time ago and I don't think he has any more. I had to buy my 1985 version from a used book dealer, and the 3rd edition was given to me as a gift.

A Spider's World senses and behavior
By Professor Dr. Friedrich G. Barth
Springer; 1st Edition, 2002
"This excellent book, written with authority and charm, is a scientific odyssey into the sensory world of spiders. … The book is very well produced, with a well laid-out text supported by numerous figures and photographs … . One of this great book’s many attractions is the way that the text involves the reader … . This highly readable and informative book will provide a valuable reference for researchers, students and teachers … as well as an essential addition to any arachnological bookshelf." (Mike Gray, Lab News, December/January, 2002/2003)

In Ohio's Backyard: Spiders
By Richard A. Bradley
Ohio Biological Survey, 2004
Can be purchased from Ohio Biological Survey

Spiders learning to love them
By Lynne kelly
Jacana Books, 2009
When hordes of giant spiders invaded Lynne Kelly's dreams, she decided it was time to overcome her arachnophobia by getting to know the creature intimately. This extensive introduction answers every basic question about spiders, including articles on web-building, the most venomous and dangerous species, and, of course, arachnid romance. An illustrated guide to identifying webs, a list of useful spider-watching equipment, observations sheets, and dozens of photographs of common species are also provided. Along the way, Lynne explains how she overcame her own arachnophobia, and provides tips and hints on how any arachnophobe can do the same.

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 , 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.

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