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University of CALIFORNIA Press, 2009 - Science - 320 pages
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With around 11 distinctive lineages and over 38,000 species of spiders alone, arachnids are an amazingly diverse group of invertebrates--and with names like the Goliath Bird-Eating Spider, the Tailless Whip Spider, and the Harvestman, they can be both spectacular and captivating. Most books about arachnids focus on spiders, neglecting scorpions, ticks, mites, wind spiders, and other fascinating yet poorly understood groups. This adventurous volume summarizes all existing knowledge about each major type of arachnid, revealing their secrets through detailed species accounts, brilliant photographs, and a compelling cast of eight-legged characters. It examines the anatomy, habitat, behavior and distribution of each lineage, from the garden spider to the death stalker scorpion and even a species of mite that lives inside a monkey's lungs. Drawing on the vast resources at London's Natural History Museum, Arachnids spins a sensational tale, debunking common myths and delving deep into the lives of these bizarre and beautiful creatures.

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User Review  - Ajnadenver - Goodreads

Fantastic addition to the genre. Very accurate and includes all the prevalent information for each order, with the exception of the acarines, as expected due to their immense size and diversity. The ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jessica - Goodreads

Very interesting, if dry. I was hoping for more of a coffee-table style book, but this is very textbook-y. Not that that's a bad thing, just something I was surprised to find. Pictures are amazing... they make your skin crawl for sure! Read full review

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Janet Beccaloni is the Curator of Arachnida and Myriapoda at the Natural History Museum in London. She is also the conservation officer of the British Arachnological Society.

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