Spiders are among the most diverse groups of terrestrial invertebrates, yet they are among the least studied and understood. This first comprehensive guide to all 68 spider families in North America beautifully illustrates 469 of the most commonly encountered species. Group keys enable identification by web type and other observable details, and species descriptions include identification tips, typical habitat, geographic distribution, and behavioral notes. A concise illustrated introduction to spider biology and anatomy explains spider relationships. This book is a critical resource for curious naturalists who want to understand this ubiquitous and ecologically critical component of our biosphere.
Publisher: University of California Press
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 1225 g
Dimensions: 254 x 178 x 25 mm
"People with an interest in North American spiders should enjoy this book." -- Ian Paulsen Birdbooker Report/The Guardian "This is a fabulous book, worthy of a place on the bookshelves of any arachnological library." -- David Penney British Arachnological Society Newsletter "High quality." "We only wish we had had access to this book when we were first learning the sometimes difficult art of spider identification." -- Paula E. Cushing American Entomologist "A critical resource for curious naturalists." Northeastern "Bradley's admiration of and attention to these animals is evident... The result is not only a remarkable compendium of information about conspicuous spiders in North America, but a gateway to their study and appreciation." -- Paula E. Cushing American Entomologist