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New world tarantulas : taxonomy, biogeography and evolutionary biology of theraphosidae

The Theraphosidae are the most famous and diverse mygalomorph spiders, and include some of the largest arachnids on earth. Their unique defense mechanisms, predatory tactics, reproductive strategies and ecological adaptations are displayed by a wide range of terrestrial, burrowing and arboreal species. These arachnids are familiar to the general public thanks to horror movies and a growing interest in tarantulas as pets; however, scientific information on the group is scattered throughout the literature and not easily available. This book reviews all major aspects of New World Theraphosid tarantulas and provides in-depth information on their evolution, taxonomy, behavior, physiology, ecology, reproduction, conservation and biogeography. As a comprehensive guide to the biology of tarantulas, it will appeal to researchers, students and terrarium hobbyists alike
Print Book, English, 2020
Springer, Cham, 2020
Field guides
xii, 540 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
9783030486433, 3030486435
Introduction to the Theraphosidae
A Molecular Approach to the Phylogeny of Theraphosidae and Their Kin
Ischnocolinae and Schismatothelinae
Arboreal Tarantulas and Their Allies: Aviculariinae and Psalmopoeinae
Biogeography of New World Tarantulas
Tarantulas and Their Habitats
Predation and Other Interactions
Enemies and Defences: Urticating Setae of Theraphosidae
Phsiological Ecology of Tarantulas: Thermoregulation, Metabolism and Performance Traits
Cuticular Structures of New World Tarantulas: Ultramorphology of Setae and Other Features
Adhesive Features of the Theraphosid Tarantulas
Biomechanics of Locomotion in Tarantulas
Communication and Reproductive Biology of Tarantulas
Tarantulas in Captivity: Raising and Breeding
Situation and Conservation of Tarantulas in the Americas
Tarantulas, Gods and Arachnologists: An Outline of the History of the Study of New World Theraphosid Spiders