Spiders colonised the Earth long before Gondwanaland began to drift into separate continents. New Zealand spiders have links with spiders worldwide. The authors of this book have pioneered discoveries that have been found to apply to spiders in other parts of Australasia, southern America and southern Africa.
First published in paperback in 1999 and now published in hardback, this book is the definitive guide to these remarkable creatures, and is ideal for scientist and layperson alike. It explores the anatomy, physiology, behaviour and ecology of both native and introduced spiders. For ease of use, spiders are grouped in different ways, such as habitat, size, and web type. There are also chapters on harmful spiders and how to find and study spiders, and notes on the naming of spiders and early arachnologists.
1 Structure and Behaviour 2 Life of a Spider 3 Spider Relatives 4 Trapdoor Spiders and Their Kin: Mygalomorphae 5 Living Fossils: Araneomorphae 6 Free-living Spiders 7 Crab Spiders 8 Hunting Spiders 9 Jumping Spiders 10 Six-eyed Spiders 11 Orbweb Spiders 12 Spaceweb Spiders 13 Midget Spiders 14 Seashore Spiders 15 Hackled-silk Spiders 16 Four Families 17 Harmful Spiders 18 How to Find and Study Spiders. Appendices: World List of Spider families, Notes on Early Arachnologists, Select Bibliography