Arachnids

Jan Beccaloni

This comprehensive guide to the world of arachnids dispels common myths and misconceptions to reveal the truth about these weird, wonderful and often beautiful creatures.

ISBN:
978 0 565 09220 7
Format:
Hardback
Price:
£30.00
Published:
September 2009
Size:
253 x 192 mm
Extent:
320 pp
Illustrations:
Colour throughout
Publisher:
Natural History Museum

Details

For many people, long-legged spiders, blood-sucking ticks and venomous scorpions are the stuff of nightmares, but to others they are a source of constant fascination.

The class of Arachnida does not consist of spiders alone but also contains ten other orders including harvestmen, ticks and mites, wind spiders, tailless whip spiders, whip spiders, scorpions, palpigrades, pseudoscorpions, schizomids and ricinuleids – nearly all of which have eight legs and two parts to their body. The biology, ecology and behaviour of each order is explored in detail and illustrated with stunning photography. 

Discover the ritual ‘dance’ of scorpion courtship, the mite species which can be found living in monkey lungs, and the thoughtful spider that actually regurgitates food to feed its young. With the use of examples from around the globe, this accessible reference will appeal to amateur naturalists and arachnid enthusiasts alike.

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Author

Jan Beccaloni is the Curator of Arachnida and Myriapoda at the Natural History Museum. She is also the conservation officer for the British Arachnological Society, keeps pet arachnids at home, and enjoys travelling abroad where (of course) she looks for arachnids. Jan has done fieldwork in Brunei, Madagascar and Costa Rica, as well as in the UK.

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"…this accessible reference will appeal to amateur naturalists and arachnid enthusiasts alike."

Surrey Nature Magazine

"A concise, well-written and often beautifully illustrated summary of living arachnid biology. Thirty pounds for over 300 pages is a very generous price, and for those new to arachnology it is hard to imagine a better introductory text…this is the book I wish I’d had when I first became interested in arachnids!"

Newsletter of the British Arachnological Society

"I wish that 50 years ago I’d had access to such a readable and attractively presented scientific background to my tentative field studies of backyard spiders!...It is entertaining as well as instructive, and I wholeheartedly recommend it."

Metamorphosis Magazine

"For many people the term arachnid conjures thoughts of one particular group, the spiders. This publication however, exposes the true expanse of this remarkable group, their intricacies and their prowess. Arachnids provides a highly detailed and comprehensive insight into this often misunderstood group of animals...The publication is well supplemented with some very high quality photographs and diagrams which are well placed and very relevant. For those looking for a comprehensive accessible guide to this group, Arachnids is a worthwhile investment."

Zoo Aquarium Association magazine

"Both arachnophiles and arachnostics will certainly find much of interest in this book…It contains a wealth of information on the biology of arachnids, and the many beautiful illustrations make it a delight to browse."

The Systematist

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