Updated chapters and illustrations, with a new chapter on tarantulas Reflects recent advancements in the field, including attempts to reproduce spider web silk Dispels common myths regarding spider venom Biology of Spiders Rainer Foelix Description 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 , 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.
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Originally posted on the book blog Creature From the Book Lagoon. If you thought this book was about the biology of spiders, congratulations! You are correct! Foelix goes in to great detail about the anatomy of spiders. You learn about all the different parts of the body, on the inside and the outside. You learn about everything from their lungs to their nervous system.
For some unknown reason, the brain is pretty much glossed over. Chapters 2 through 4 - Functional Anatomy, Metabolism, Neurobiology- were a little bit difficult for me to get through. They read like a biology text book for college. I was not a science major and some of this was written way too formal. Like, a lot of big science words that I had no clue what they meant because there was no explanation.
This book was marked as a great book for people who just liked spiders, but it felt like you also had to have a degree in biology in order to understand some of it. Then one of them says "This book reads like stereo instructions From chapter 5 and on, the book really picked up. Or, it was just more of what I was looking for in the book. These chapters were really good! They had less of the big biology terms and dealt more with behaviors and habits. Cells, microscopes, tissues, glands, and so on I have always had a hard time figuring that stuff out.
But behavior, psychology and evolution are a few of the sciences I am good at. Also, a lot of the questions I had about spiders came from this section of the book. It was really fascinating learning about how spiders build their webs, or how some spiders take care of their young. I really learned a lot of good stuff and just about all my questions were answered.
There were plenty of pictures to look at. You had microscopic things like cell tissue and organs. There were extreme close up shots of spiders so you could see details on certain parts of their bodies, such as their eyes or joints.
I thought they always just looked like spiders, but, you know And there were plenty of shots of spiders doing things, like caring for their young or hunting. While I did enjoy seeing the photos, some times it was a little bit hard to see them clearly because they were old black and white shots and sometimes things just blended in too much with backgrounds or surrounding items.
There were also numerous illustrations. Mostly the illustrations showed us how the body worked. Things like organ placement or leg movement. All the illustrations were very clear and well drawn. Both the photos and the illustrations all had very helpful captions that explained, sometimes in great detail, about what you were looking at. Biology of Spiders is an extremely detailed book about spiders. Each time close to a new pages of brand new spider info was added, as well as several corrections on old or outdated info.
This was a very fascinating book for a spider fan. While some of the chapters felt more like a text book lecture, there was a lot to learn from Biology of Spiders. There were a lot of amazing photographs and clear illustrations to show you what the book was talking about.
While not all my questions were answered, this was a great book to read and I really enjoyed learning more about my little spider friends. Check out these excerpts: The importance of the book lungs becomes clear after one closes the lung slits with vaseline; after only 2 minutes the animals become severely paralyzed and after several hours most of them are dead Kaestner, In contrast, water spiders Argyroneta can stay submerged for several hours, if their adbomen is enclosed by an air bubble Heinzberger, In the following years Witt tested a great variety of drugs e.
It was soon clear that certain drugs produced specific effects. For instance, a certain dosage of caffeine results in a typical "caffeine web", which is distinctly different from a mesacline web or an amphetamine web. Most drugs tend to have a negative influence on web irregularity. Only with very low doses of the hallucinogen LSD could an increase in web regularity be observed. If the drug concentration was raised by one order to 0.
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Biology of spiders
Biology of Spiders