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Product details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Collins; First Edition edition (5 Nov 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0002199815
  • ISBN-13: 978-0002199810
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 14 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 59,426 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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• 450 species comprehensively illustrated, with 288 colour paintings and over 1500 drawings
• The introduction provides general information on the structure and biology of spiders, together with illustrations of webs and egg sacs
• This is the ultimate, comprehensive field guide to spiders – a must for all arachnophiles everywhere and a vital introduction for all other naturalists.

'The colour plates are superb'
NEW SCIENTIST

'Packed full of information'
NATURE

'Much the best book on the subject at any price'
NATURAL WORLD BOOK OF THE YEAR


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55 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Square one on 2 April 2003
Format: Hardcover
I agree with other reviews of this that it is not a casual users book but if you want a concise but comprehensive guide to spiders in the UK with a detailed key and outstanding information on how to examine / study these species then this is the book you want. The information on needed equipment is outstanding and the species descriptions are bettered only by the superb drawings. Overall I was very impressed with this book and whilst it *isn't* a coffee table book on spiders it is a superb field guide just as it claims 'on the box'
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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Colin Brown on 4 Mar 2005
Format: Hardcover
This is a wonderful book that will inspire many to take a greater interest in the fascinating lives of spiders. Dr Roberts begins the book with helpful and useful guidance on how to trap and study spiders, as well as clear information about the biology of spiders. The colour plates are beautiful, and the detailed drawings of the identifying spider genitalia that litter the book are amazing. Each species is described and has comments about habitat and distribution, with additional information at family and genus level. A fellow reviewer does have a point that this may not be the ideal book if you want to have an attempt at identifying the more obvious spiders in your back garden - if this is the case you might be better with the Field Studies Council laminated card guide to house and garden spiders. However, anyone with more than a passing interest in spiders should buy this wonderful book, and let Dr Roberts inspire them to watch and try to identify the hundreds of spiders we have in the UK. And if it really inspires you, follow it up with tracking down Dick Jones "Country Life Guide to Spiders of Britain and Europe" and WS Bristowes "The World of Spiders". Both are long out of print but easy to get through the Abebooks site or similar.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Rinoa Cameron on 19 April 2009
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Myself and my partner have been using this book to identify the spiders we photograph. So far it has provided clear, precise diagrams which we have used to identify hundreds of spiders.

The book also provides adequate information on every species to be able to learn about them.

It's small enough to carry around, and has been used by us time and time again.

Thumb's up!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Byron on 22 Feb 2010
Format: Hardcover
Very good book but I agree with another reviewer in the fact that this is in a more advanced level for entomologists and not for the average naturalist. Take my word since I am a Biologist my self. This book has amazing ilustrations but in many cases ( a lot) one can not identify a species by only comparing it to a plate. One has to use dichotomic keys (which are included)which can be a little anoying or too much for the average person and take the fun out of identifying spiders. Apart from that I recomend a microscope and not only a hand magnifier lens since in MANY small sized especimens you will need extra magnification for examining in detail structures like spinners, palps, etc.
But the again if you are a Biologist, naturalist, or simply are really intrested in european spiders its worth having in your book shelf as a reference.
I have used it here in Norway to identify spiders and have been succesful with almost all specimens I have examined.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By R. Sleaford on 22 May 2010
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book around the time I began writing my Masters thesis on agricultural spiders of the UK. The first few chapters are useful for a basic understanding of spider biology and body structure and the colour plates are excellent (my only complaint being that there aren't more of them). The chapters on species identification that make up the bulk of the book are well written and helped enormously with identification of the species I'd sampled.

As far as I know, this is the best book on UK spiders that is affordable and in print. I use it for reference purposes every week and would be lost without it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D. M. Stow on 4 Jan 2010
Format: Hardcover
There is little info available about our native spiders but this book has it all; drawings, biology, taxa, groupings, colour illustrations.
Highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Naanu on 2 Oct 2009
Format: Hardcover
Easy to use and small enough to carry around with you.I use this book to identify the spiders I photograph. A much-needed book to arachnid identification!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By H. Burton on 1 Feb 2010
Format: Hardcover
This is a very detailed and academic book. Lots of detailed and painstakingly drawn diagrams showing different species' bodies. An abundance of Latin names. Loads of colour plates showing different spiders. This book was bought as a Christmas present for a teenage boy. I expected facts and photos, but it's not like that at all. I expect it will come into its own in spring and summer, when it can be used to help identify the spiders in the shed.
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