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Spiders colonised the Earth long before Gondwanaland began to drift into separate continents. New Zealand spiders have links with spiders world-wide. The authors of this book have pioneered discoveries that have been found to apply to spiders in other parts of Australasia, southern American and southern Africa. The book is the definitive guide to these remarkable creatures, and is ideal for scientist and layperson alike. It explores the anatomy, physiology, behaviour and ecology of both native and introduced spiders. For ease of use, the chapters group spiders in different ways, such as habitat, size, and web type. There are also chapters on harmful spiders and how to find and study spiders, and notes on the naming of spiders and notable early arachnologists.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781877372131
ISBN-10: 1877372137
Format: Hardback
(220mm x 290mm x 23mm)
Pages: 270
Imprint: Otago University Press
Publisher: Otago University Press
Publish Date: 23-Sep-2005
Country of Publication: New Zealand

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Author Biography - Ray Forster

This book is the result of two lifetimes of work by internationally respected arachnologists. Ray Forster was director of the Otago Museum, and Lyn Forster is a former lecturer and tutor in zoology at the University of Otago. Together they shared a lifetime interest in natural history and are authors of" New Zealand Spiders: An Introduction"and "Small Land Animals of New Zealand." Ray Forster published many monographs on spiders and both authors have published numerous papers in journals worldwide."