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Family Araneidae - Orb Weavers

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The orb-weaver genera Araniella and Nuctenea
By H.W. Levi
Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool. 146(6): 291-316, 1974

The spiny orb-weaver genera Micrathena and Chaetacis (Araneae: Araneidae)
By Herbert Levi
Bulletin Museum of Comparative Zoology Harvard 150(8): 429-618, 1985
Available online from the Biodiversity Heritage Library here:

The North American bolas spiders of the genera Mastophora and Agatostichus
By Willis J. Gertsch
Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History, 106(4): 221-254, 1955

The Orb-weaving Spiders of Canada and Alaska - The Insects and Arachnids of Canada Part 23
By Dondale, C.D., J.H. Redner, P, Paquin and H.W. Levi
NRC Research Press, 2003
After being discontinued for 10 years, monographs are again being published in the excellent Insect and Arachnids of Canada series. This is the first of, hopefully, more to come. I'm sorry it took me 2 years to find out about this exciting development.

Can be ordered directly from the web starting at:
or start at: and see what else you can get.

As for the book itself it covers spiders of the Uloboridae, Tetragnathidae, Araneidae, and Theridiosomatidae and seems to be good for Canada and the northern USA. Their dot maps cover all of Canada and the continental USA and despite the title, just flipping through I don't see many that actually make it to Alaska. Indeed many of the species covered don't even come into Canada. Perhaps they are expected. I have not read the introduction extensively yet.

Foraging strategies of Eriophora edax (Araneae, Araneidae): A nocturnal orb-weaving spider
By Leonor Ceballos, Yann Hénaut, & Luc Legal
Journal of Arachnology 33: 509-515, 2005

A new record of a Neotropical spider, Metazygia zilloides (Banks,1898) recently established in southern California
By M. J. Martinez, K. Moore, H. Oberle, & L. S. Vincent
The Pan-Pacific Entomologist 90(3): 153-156, 2014
Full title: A new record of a Neotropical spider, Metazygia zilloides (Banks,1898) (Araneae: Araneidae), recently established in southern California.

The Ravilla group of the orbweaver genus Eriophora in North America (Araneae: Araneidae)
By Herbert W. Levi
Psyche 77: 280-302, 1970

New Nebraska spiders
By Leonard G. Worley
Annals of the Entomological Society of America 21(4): 619-622, 1928
Free to subscribers, otherwise pay-per-view:

Has the original descriptions of:
      -Brachybothrium lincolnianum (now Antrodiaetus lincolnianus)
      -Nodocion rufithoracica (now N. rufithoracicus)
      -Nodocion zelotoides (now Drassyllus lamprus)
      -Lithyphantes cyaneus (now Singa cyanea)

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