"The reader who wishes to go beyond the more general books on spiders but not become entangled in highly technical monographs will find this attractive and moderately sized volume rewarding. It is very readable for anyone with a basic understanding of biology and chemistry and, of course, the desire to learn. . . . An excellent choice for undergraduates and above."--Choice"The biology of spiders often receives only cursory treatment in invertebrate zoology textbooks. This superb volume corrects this deficiency. It is an excellent primary textbook for an arachnology course or a supplementary one for an invertebrate zoology or entomology course. It is also a good introduction for anyone interested in this fascinating group of organisms. . . . No other general textbook on spiders exists that is as current and informative as the Biology of Spiders."--The Quarterly Review of BiologyAdvance Praise: "The new edition includes so much new information that it will no doubt be bought by people who own the old edition. . .The book is written to a broad audience and thus should attract readers from all levels of education, including high schools, colleges, universities as well as the interested amateur." --Jonathan Coddington and Nikolaj Scharff, Smithsonian Institution"The second German edition is superb. . .the update is excellent. . .I am just as enthusiastic about this edition as I am the first." --Herbert Levi, Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University"Foelix has done a fine job of adding important new references to the text and bibliography. . .The revised edition maintains the strength of the original version; this is by far the best review of spider anatomy and physiology available." --Norman Platnick, Chairman and Curator, Department of Entomology, American Museum of Natural History"There is little doubt that this book will prove to be an invaluable resource for professionals, students, and researchers."--Y.E.S. Quarterly"A major summary of what is known about spider biology. . .Highly recommended."--Wildlife Activist
This work is an updated translation by the author of the second German-language edition from Thieme Verlag, published under licence agreement with that publisher under dual imprint. This is the definitive text on all aspects of spider biology. The author places greater emphasis on ecology and systematics in this edition, in response to the only criticisms made of the first edition.