A richly illustrated and up-close look at the secret lives of spiders and other arachnids The American Southwest is home to an extraordinary diversity of arachnids, from spitting spiders that squirt silk over their prey to scorpions that court one another with kissing and dancing. Amazing Arachnids presents these enigmatic creatures as you have never seen them before. Featuring a wealth of color photos of more than 300 different kinds of arachnids from eleven taxonomic orders--both rare and common species-this stunningly illustrated book reveals the secret lives of arachnids in breathtaking detail, including never-before-seen images of their underground behavior.
Amazing Arachnids covers all aspects of arachnid biology, such as anatomy, sociality, mimicry, camouflage, and venoms. You will meet bolas spiders that lure their victims with fake moth pheromones, fishing spiders that woo their mates with silk-wrapped gifts, chivalrous cellar spiders, tiny mites, and massive tarantulas, as well as many others. Along the way, you will learn why arachnids are living fossils in some respects and nimble opportunists in others, and how natural selection has perfected their sensory structures, defense mechanisms, reproductive strategies, and hunting methods.
Covers more than 300 different kinds of arachnids, including ones new to science Features more than 750 stunning color photos Describes every aspect of arachnid biology, from physiology to biogeography Illustrates courtship and mating, birth, maternal care, hunting, and defense Includes first-ever photos of the underground lives of schizomids and vinegaroons Provides the first organized guide to macroscopic mites, including photos of living mites for easy reference
Princeton University Press
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15 May 2018
Preface 7 Prologue 9 1 Introducing the Arachnids 10 2 Scorpions: 30 Scorpiones 3 Pseudoscorpions: 52 Pseudoscorpiones 4 Vinegaroons: 68 Thelyphonida (Uropygi) 5 Short-Tailed Whipscorpions: 80 Schizomida 6 Tailless Whipscorpions: 88 Amblypygi 7 Microwhipscorpions: 98 Palpigradi 8 Harvestmen: 102 Opiliones 9 Wind Spiders: 114 Solifugae 10 Ticks and Other Mites: 124 Parasitiformes and Acariformes 11 Spiders: 148 Araneae, the Eight-Legged Puzzle 12 Tarantulas, Trapdoor Spiders, and Their Kin: 164 Mygalomorphs 13 Orb Weavers: 184 Araneidae, Tetragnathidae, and Uloboridae 14 Irregular Web Builders: 196 Theridiidae, Nesticidae, Leptonetidae, Diguetidae, Dictynidae, and Pholcidae 15 Crevice Weavers, Ground Weavers and Sheet Web Builders: 220 Sicariidae, Filistatidae, Plectreuridae, Zoropsidae, Titanoecidae, Amaurobiidae, Oecobiidae, Linyphiidae, and Agelenidae 16 Jumping Spiders: 236 Salticidae 17 Lynx Spiders: 260 Oxyopidae 18 Crab Spiders: 266 Thomisidae, Sparassidae, Philodromidae, Selenopidae, and Zoropsidae 19 Sand Spiders and Wolf Spiders: 274 Homalonychidae and Lycosidae 20 Ghosts, Goblins, Pirates, and Other Wandering Hunters: 284 Mimetidae, Corrinidae, Trachelidae, Gnaphosidae, Caponiidae, Dysderidae, Oonopidae, Anyphaenidae, Miturgidae, Eutichuridae, and Liocranidae 21 Fishing Spiders: 296 Pisauridae and Trechaleidae 22 Spitting Spiders: 306 Scytodidae 23 In the Company of Arachnids 314 Acknowledgments 317 References 318 Index of Common and Scientific Names 323
Jillian Cowles is a clinical microbiologist, naturalist, and photographer. Her photographs have appeared in numerous books and publications, including The Bees in Your Backyard and Bugs Rule! (both Princeton), as well as museum displays, art exhibits, and murals.
Reviews for Amazing Arachnids
This book is in line to win the Greg Laden's Blog Science Book of the Year. It looks like a high quality, almost coffee table like, book on the arachnids, things like mites and spiders and such. But that is only what it appears to be on the surface. Just below the surface, it is a compendium of evolutionary amazingness, a detailed description of the photogenic history, behavioral biology, and co-evolution of plants and animals, with almost all the protagonists in the numerous loosely connected stories being one sort or another of amazing arachnid. ---Greg Laden, Greg Laden's Blog Amazing Arachnids is an ambitious text, introducing the biology of nearly all arachnid orders with an emphasis on basic taxonomy and reproductive behavior. This is one of the few volumes to treat arachnids as a whole, including mites and ticks, which are often and unfortunately segregated into their own discipline . . . . I hope this book finds its audience and opens more eyes to the weird and wonderful world of the arachnids. ---Eric Yip, The Quarterly Review of Biology I'm not an arachnid specialist, but I found her treatment of even the most obscure arachnid subgroups to be original, readable, and richly detailed. ---Stephen A. Marshall, Canadian Field-Naturalist If you are as fond of or fascinated by all things eight legged as Cowles, then Amazing Arachnids is the book for you. ---Roberta Gibson, Wild About Ants