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Spiders (Collins Gem) Paperback – 2 Aug 2004

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Collins (2 Aug. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007191715
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007191710
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 8.3 x 11.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 145,639 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Paul Hillyard is a leading authority on spiders and a former curator at London's Natural History Museum. His previous books include "Spiders" and "The Book of the Spider: From Arachnophobia to the Love of Spiders." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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I recently bought this little book to try to find out about the spiders I come across in the countryside, in my garden, & in my home!
I was really disappointed with it, as although the book is pocket size & easy to slip into a rucksack to take on a walk, unfortunately, it is DIFFICULT TO USE. It's the categorisation that makes it so UN-useable: spiders from all over the world (from the same families but) that look very different are listed together, & there is no quick reference to help you pick out the European from the rest of the world. Also British spiders are not specifically categorised. Most disappointingly, many of the pictures are very poor: indistinct & blurred, & their tiny size acerbates the problem. I have yet to locate a spider in the book that I've seen in real life, apart from a very poisonous Australian one that I saw many years ago!
I was particularly disappointed as I have other Pocket Gems that are much more practical to use: such as the one on Mushrooms, which is clearly categorised & has excellent pictures.
My disappointment is so great that this is the 1st book that I've felt strongly enough about to consider returning, & the 1st time I've written a review (since there are no others to warn people).
On the plus side: it does seem to contain many of the world's spiders!
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If you want to poke around your garden and shed to try to identify the critters you find this book won't be of much use. Do buy it however if you want to have a flick-through, colourful guide to a wide range of different types of spider found all across the globe along with some basic biology and facts.
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I bought this little book because I am fascinated by the different species of spider that seem to take up residence in our home. Also in the garden there are numerous spiders ranging from little teeny tiny ones to the fairly large so called 'Harvest Spider'.

I think this is an excellent little book and I managed to easily identify the spiders that I took photos of. The pictures are all very clear and the descriptions of each spider are very well written too.

Full marks to Collins for this series of 'Gem' books.
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Love this book, have read it from cover to cover even though I am not a massive spider fan, I could not help but find the types of spiders and facts very interesting, I was amazed at the amount of species that there are.

A good little book that tells you enough about the spiders, and which countries you find them in. 10/10
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The Collins Gem Spiders book is very attractively presented, with full colour photos and a clear, descriptive entry for each spider. However, those purchasing in hopes of being able to identify spiders around their home should note that it's not really very useful for each purpose; the photos are evocative but at unhelpful angles that make it difficult to compare different species, and it blends together entries from all over the world. As a one-off gift; very attractive and fascinating. For a hobbyist, not so helpful.
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This little book surprised me when I received it . It is packed with so much information and the coloured photographs are clear and illustrate each species with clarity . I recommend this little book to anyone interested in natural history , or just arachnids .
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I bought two books about spiders as a Xmas present for my son in law who was visiting from South Africa. He requested them as he is often working in remote parts. One of these was a pocket edition and one was slightly larger with more illustrations. He was very pleased with them - one to fit in his pocket and one with larger illustrations. He now knows which ones to avoid!
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If like me you love spiders and keep tarantulas or true spiders, this is a great pocket sized reference book. I have collected wild spiders for some 30 years, not knowing what some of them were and being bitten by several. The bite from a Dysdera crocata woodlouse spider is painful. Having read this book before i picked one up would have saved me from a nasty bite.
Great book to take with you on your travels to identify wild spiders. You can't go wrong with a Collins gem in your pocket.

Lots of species covered with photographs and information, including toxicity of venom.

Recommended.
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