© 1987

Ecophysiology of Spiders

  • Wolfgang Nentwig

Table of contents

  1. Feeding Ecology

    1. Karl-August Seitz
      Pages 239-248
    2. Wolfgang Nentwig
      Pages 249-263
    3. Cassie W. Aitchison
      Pages 264-273
    4. Fritz Vollrath
      Pages 274-286
    5. Kazuo Nakamura
      Pages 287-295
  2. Parasites

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 297-297
    2. George O. Poinar Jr.
      Pages 299-308
    3. Rollin E. Coville
      Pages 309-318
  3. Environment and Life History

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 329-329
    2. Matthias Schaefer
      Pages 331-347
    3. Arthur E. Decae
      Pages 348-356
    4. Fritz Vollrath
      Pages 357-370
    5. John L. Cloudsley-Thompson
      Pages 371-379
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 380-448

About this book


Recently another book on insect physiology was published. It was restricted to a few focal points as are many of these new insect physiology books, but there was considerable depth in its specialized point of view. We were dis­ cussing the structure of this book and of insect physiology books, in general, when Prof. Remmert asked me " . . . and what about books on spider physio­ logy?" Silence. Then I started to explain "oh yes, there is a congress pro­ ceedings volume on this topic and there is a group with excellent publica­ tions on another topic . . . ", but I felt that this answer was weak. One can no longer buy the proceedings volume in a bookshop and to read a series of publications on a given topic one must search in a library for a dozen journals. Why is there not a single book on spider physiology comparable with the many books on insect physiology? Are spiders a scientific ivory tower, far from public interest and commercial importance? I do not think so, although spiders are one of the many "forgotten" animal groups which always grew in the shadow of the insects. There are research groups working on spider physiology, there are fascinating phenomena in this animal group and there are plenty of exciting results. Spiders may have been always underresearch­ ed, but research is progressing. In the last few years, new books have been published, e. g.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Wolfgang Nentwig
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut für ZoologieUniversität RegensburgRegensburgGermany

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Ecophysiology of Spiders
  • Editors Wolfgang Nentwig
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1987
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-540-17034-1
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-642-71554-9
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-642-71552-5
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XI, 448
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Zoology
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