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Spider Behaviour: Flexibility and Versatility [Paperback]

Marie Elisabeth Herberstein

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27 Jan 2011
Spiders are often underestimated as suitable behavioural models because of the general belief that due to their small brains their behaviour is innate and mostly invariable. Challenging this assumption, this fascinating book shows that rather than having a limited behavioural repertoire, spiders show surprising cognitive abilities, changing their behaviour to suit their situational needs. The team of authors unravels the considerable intra-specific as well as intra-individual variability and plasticity in different behaviours ranging from foraging and web building to communication and courtship. An introductory chapter on spider biology, systematics and evolution provides the reader with the necessary background information to understand the discussed behaviours and helps to place them into an evolutionary context. Highlighting an under-explored area of behaviour, this book will provide new ideas for behavioural researchers and students unfamiliar with spiders as well as a valuable resource for those already working in this intriguing field.

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'I consider this book to be as seminal as Choe and Crespi's edited volumes … enormously valuable to graduate students searching for research projects … established behavioural researchers who specialize on spiders will find the book to be an excellent resource. At the recent Animal Behavior Society meeting, at a 'Spider Lunch', a diverse group of my arachnological colleagues raved about how marvelous this book is. I learned a great deal from it, even in areas that I follow with regularity. The book will also be of interest to a wide range of animal behaviourists, regardless of their research organism. Researchers and lecturers without an arachnid background can use this book to get up to speed.' Animal Behaviour

'This volume boasts a dream team of authors, including rising stars and field luminaries, each summarizing their respective fields. The book emphasizes the flexibility, versatility, and sheer diversity of spider behavior. Generally, it takes on the daunting task of summarizing all of spider behavior with remarkable finesse. One of the volume's most impressive feats is its attention to the recent literature in rapidly moving subfields. Doubtlessly the text is destined to serve a valuable reference for both arachnologists and behaviorists. Personally, I know I will be assigning this volume to both undergraduate and graduate students for years to come. I suspect so will many others.' Jonathan N. Pruitt, The Quarterly Review of Biology

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Targeting students and researchers unfamiliar with spiders as well providing a resource for those already working in the field, this book explores the variability and plasticity found in spider behaviour. It covers a broad range of behaviours from foraging and web building to communication and courtship.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Spiders are interesting animals to research. 9 April 2013
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A great deal of study has been done on the lives and ecology of spiders but a lot still needs to be done. The book provides an outstanding overview on spider biology and points out areas where more research is needed. Chapters include spider webs, mating behavior, and communication.The book is not just for scientists but for anyone who wants to learn about spiders.
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