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Spider Families of the World and their Spinnerets (2-Volume Set)

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By: John A Murphy (Author), Michael J Roberts (Author), Rowley G Snazell (Foreword By), Paul A Selden (Editor)

555 pages, 327 plates with b/w line drawings; 56 b/w illustrations

British Arachnological Society

Hardback | Jan 2015 | #223482 | ISBN-13: 9780950009377
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NHBS Price: £89.99 $110/€101 approx

About this book

Mike Roberts's renowned line drawings combine with John Murphy's extensive knowledge of worldwide spiders in this important new atlas of spiders of the world. Typical genera of every family of spiders (115 families on 327 plates) are illustrated, together with details of eye pattern, tarsal claws, setae types and, especially, spinneret and spigot morphology. The authors also present a groundbreaking new classification scheme based on the evolution of the spinning organs. This significant work is destined to become a classic reference for all arachnologists and anyone interested in spiders of the world.


Foreword   iii
Preface   v
Editor's preface   vi
Acknowledgements   vii
Nomenclatural changes   viii
Abbreviations   x

Part I
Chapter 1. Cribellates, colulates and the taxonomy of spiders (Figs. 1-3)   1
Chapter 2. Spinnerets, their spigots, epiandrous spigots and pheromonal pores (Fig. 4)   9
Chapter 3. Setae and trichobothria (Figs. 5-6)   13
Chapter 4. Methods   17
Chapter 5. List of spider families in both alphabetical and taxonomic order   23
Chapter 6. The fossil record   27
Chapter 7.
   a. Notes on the Keys to suborders and families   29
   b. Key to the suborders   29
   c. Key to Mygalomorphae   29
   d. Key to cribellates and excribellates   30
   e. Key to colulates and excolulates (Fig. 7)   32
Chapter 8. Family definitions
   a. Mesothelae   41
   b. Mygalomorphae   42
   c. Araneomorphae – cribellate and excribellate   58
   d. Araneomorphae – colulate and excolulate   79

References   175
Family Index to Part I   187

Part II
Abbreviations   xvi
Plates 1-327
   Mesothelae (Plates 1-2)   191
   Mygalomorphae (Plates 3-28)   195
   Araneomorphae – cribellate and excribellate (Plates 29-82)   223
   Araneomorphae – colulate and excolulate (Plates 83-327)   279
Appendix: Genitalia (Figs. 8-56)   525
Family Index to Part II   551

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