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  • Hardcover: 516 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press (2 Mar. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0674023439
  • ISBN-13: 978-0674023437
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 21 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,157,395 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Harvestmen covers virtually every aspect of harvestman biology...Inevitably, the longest chapter is on taxonomy, dealing with the disturbing features of the families and subfamilies in the four major Opiliones suborders. This is the first major revision of the order in over fifty years, and it is a tour de force...This is a book that will be prized by many naturalists, both amateur and professional. For anyone with even a passing interest in harvestmen, it will be required reading for decades to come. -- Matthew Cobb Times Literary Supplement 20071116 A summary volume exceeding those of other arachnid orders in breadth and completeness...The landmark chapter on taxonomy will be particularly welcome to workers considering studying these animals. For the first time, the family level diversity of this group is very clearly summarized, with keys, diagnostic characters, etymology, phylogenetic relationships, and plentiful scanning electron micrographs and illustrations, on a worldwide basis...The text presents enough unanswered questions to provide an army of graduate students with research topics. By illuminating what makes Opiliones a distinctive taxon, the book sheds much light on the evolution and biology of arachnids as a whole, and anyone with an interest in Arachnida should acquire this work. -- Michael L. Draney Quarterly Review of Biology 20071201

About the Author

Ricardo Pinto-da-Rocha is Professor at the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil. Glauco Machado is an Associate Researcher at the University of Campinas, Brazil. Gonzalo Giribet is Associate Professor of Biology, Harvard University.

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By Pedesnpods on 2 Oct. 2013
Format: Hardcover
Simply the best book on the subject. An awesome achievement. If you have the field studies council chart and Hillyard's key and want to look further afield, this is the essential next step for understanding these amazing creatures. Very readable too.
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A much needed work 18 Sept. 2007
By Lucian Ross - Published on
Format: Hardcover
A remarkable, informative and insightful read into a myriad number of biological aspects regarding this often overlooked group (Opiliones). This important work will become the standard reference on Opiliones for years to come. A must read and must have for any arachnological reference collection.
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Perfect 14 Sept. 2008
By Sueli Nunes Pietoso - Published on
Format: Hardcover
The perfect combination of all existing publications on these wonderful animals, put together and written by specialists in each of the topics covered. The outcome could not have been better: a complete and detailed biology of opiliones up to date. Even more, it enlightens researches and students into contributing to the yet unknown paths of harvestmen biology.
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detail description of opiliones 22 Sept. 2013
By Chen ssu-li - Published on
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It is a professional book about Opiliones. We can get lots of knowledge about harvestmen from this book.
It is worth to buy.
An amazing book! 30 Dec. 2014
By Steven B. - Published on
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I learned so much from this amazing book, the only one of its kind on these curious and poorly understood animals. They are everywhere around us, yet we know next to nothing about them. Well worth a read for anyone interested in science or nature.
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