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Author Cowles, Jillian, author, photographer.

Title Amazing arachnids / Jillian Cowles
Published Princeton, New Jersey : Princeton University Press, [2018]


Description 1 online resource (328 pages) : color illustrations
Contents 1. Introducing the arachnids -- 2. Scorpions: Scorpiones -- 3. Pseudoscorpions: Pseudoscorpiones -- 4. Vinegaroons: Thelyphonida (Uropygi) -- 5. Short-tailed whipscorpions: Schizomida -- 6. Tailless whipscorpions: Amblypygi -- 7. Microwhipscorpions: Palpigradi -- 8. Harvestmen: Opiliones -- 9. Wind spiders: Solifugae -- 10. Ticks and other mites: Parasitiformes and Acariformes -- 11. Spiders: Araneae, the eight-legged puzzle -- 12. Tarantulas, trapdoor spiders, and their kin: mygalomorphs -- 13. Orb weavers: Araneidae, Tetragnathidae, and Uloboridae -- 14. Irregular web builders: Theridiidae, Nesticidae, Leptonetidae, Diguetidae, Dictynidae, and Pholcidae -- 15. Crevice weavers, ground weavers and sheet web builders: Sicariidae, Filistatidae, Plectreuridae, Zoropsidae, Titanoecidae, Amaurobiidae, Oecobiidae, Linyphiidae, and Agelenidae -- 16. Jumping spiders: Salticidae -- 17. Lynx spiders: Oxyopidae -- 18. Crab spiders: Thomisidae, Sparassidae, Philodromidae, Selenopidae, and Zoropsidae -- 19. Sand spiders and wolf spiders: Homalonychidae and Lycosidae -- 20. Ghosts, goblins, pirates, and other wandering hunters: Mimetidae, Corrinidae, Trachelidae, Gnaphosidae, Caponiidae, Dysderidae, Oonopidae, Anyphaenidae, Miturgidae, Eutichuridae, and Liocranidae -- 21. Fishing spiders: Pisauridae and Trechaleidae -- 22. Spitting spiders: Scytodidae -- 23. In the company of arachnids
Summary 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
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Arachnida -- Southwest, New
Arachnida -- Southwest, New -- Pictorial works
Spiders -- Southwest, New
Spiders -- Southwest, New -- Pictorial works
SCIENCE -- Natural history-discipline.
New Southwest
Genre/Form illustrated books.
Illustrated works
Pictorial works
Illustrated works.
Ouvrages illustrés.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9781400890187