Common Spiders of North America

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University of California Press, 2013 - Science - 271 pages
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Spiders are among the most diverse groups of terrestrial invertebrates, yet they are among the least studied and understood. This first comprehensive guide to all 68 spider families in North America beautifully illustrates 469 of the most commonly encountered species. Group keys enable identification by web type and other observable details, and species descriptions include identification tips, typical habitat, geographic distribution, and behavioral notes. A concise illustrated introduction to spider biology and anatomy explains spider relationships. This book is a critical resource for curious naturalists who want to understand this ubiquitous and ecologically critical component of our biosphere.
 

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it could use some pictures

Contents

FINDING AND STUDYING SPIDERS
17
IDENTIFYING SPIDERS
25
KEYS TO FAMILIES WITHIN GROUPS
41
FAMILY AGELENIDAE funnel weavers
65
FAMILY AMPHINECTIDAE amphinectids
71
FAMILY ATYPIDAE purseweb spiders
102
FAMILY CTENIDAE wandering spiders
110
FAMILY DEINOPIDAE ogrefaced spiders
114
FAMILY HAHNIIDAE combtailed spiders
133
FAMILY LIOCRANIDAE spinylegged
146
FAMILY MECICOBOTHRIIDAE midget funnelweb
164
FAMILY OCHYROCERATIDAE midget ground
170
FAMILY PHOLCIDAE cellar spiders
176
Glossary
251
References
257
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FAMILY DIGUETIDAE desertshrub spiders
121

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Richard Bradley is an Associate Professor Emeritus at the Ohio State University, Department of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology. He earned his Ph.D. in Biology at the University of New Mexico, studying the population biology of scorpions, and has been an active researcher and teacher since 1972, publishing on the behavior and ecology of birds, scorpions, and spiders.

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