This book covers many aspects of the biology of spiders including morphology, physiology, neurobiology, ecology, evolution, classification, natural history, and behavior. The physiology of all major systems are covered (integument, digestion, excretion and osmoregulation, neurophysiology, respiration and metabolism, circulation and hemolymph), as well as the biochemistry of spider silk and venom. Behavioral topics include, but are not limited to, foraging, dispersal, antipredator tactics, nest and web construction, communication, and social interactions. Topics on physiological ecology, habitat selection, diet composition, and community ecology are also addressed.
Additional ttopics include spider systematics and evolution, as well as the role of spiders in mythology and literature.
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Fred Punzo, Ph.D. (1975) in Zoology, Iowa State University, is Dana Professor of Biology at the University of Tampa. He has published extensively on the behavior, physiology, ecotoxicology and behavior of arachnids and insects, amphibians, reptiles, and small mammals. Previous books include
The Biology of Camel-Spiders (Kluwer Acad. Publ., Norwell, MA; 1998), and
Desert Arthropods: Life History Variations (Spinger, 2000).
All those interested in any aspect of the biology, natural history, ecology or behavior of spiders, insects, and other arthropods. The book will be of value not only to professional biologists, undergraduate and graduate students, but also to a general readership interested in spiders.