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Attachment Structures and Adhesive Secretions in Arachnids

  • Jonas O. Wolff
  • Stanislav N. Gorb

Part of the Biologically-Inspired Systems book series (BISY, volume 7)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Jonas O. Wolff, Stanislav N. Gorb
    Pages 1-24
  3. Jonas O. Wolff, Stanislav N. Gorb
    Pages 25-52
  4. Jonas O. Wolff, Stanislav N. Gorb
    Pages 53-70
  5. Jonas O. Wolff, Stanislav N. Gorb
    Pages 71-78
  6. Jonas O. Wolff, Stanislav N. Gorb
    Pages 79-86
  7. Jonas O. Wolff, Stanislav N. Gorb
    Pages 87-93
  8. Jonas O. Wolff, Stanislav N. Gorb
    Pages 95-116
  9. Jonas O. Wolff, Stanislav N. Gorb
    Pages 117-140
  10. Jonas O. Wolff, Stanislav N. Gorb
    Pages 141-151
  11. Jonas O. Wolff, Stanislav N. Gorb
    Pages 153-162
  12. Jonas O. Wolff, Stanislav N. Gorb
    Pages 163-172
  13. Back Matter
    Pages 173-184

About this book

Introduction

This book surveys attachment structures and adhesive secretions occurring in this class of animals and discusses the relationships between structure, properties, and function in the context of evolutionary trends, and biomimetic potential. Topics comprise mechanical attachment devices, such as clamps, claws, hooks, spines and wraps, as well as hairy and smooth adhesive pads, nano-fibrils, suction cups, and viscid and solidifying adhesives. Attachment is one of the major types of interactions between an organism and its environment. There are numerous studies that deal with this phenomenon in lizards, frogs, insects, barnacles, mussels and echinoderms, but the second largest class of animals, the Arachnida, was highly neglected so far. The authors demonstrated that most arachnid adhesive structures are highly analogous to those of insects and vertebrates, but there are also numerous unique developments with some intriguing working principles. Because arachnid attachment organs have a very strong potential of technological ideas for the development of new materials and systems, inspirations from biology could also be interesting for a broad range of topics in materials and surface engineering.

Keywords

adhesion friction interlocking biological materials Arachnida

Authors and affiliations

  • Jonas O. Wolff
    • 1
  • Stanislav N. Gorb
    • 2
  1. 1.Functional Morphology and BiomechanicsZoological Institute Kiel UniversityKielGermany
  2. 2.Zoological InstituteFunctional Morphology and Biomechanics Zoological InstituteKielGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-45713-0
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-45712-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-45713-0
  • Series Print ISSN 2211-0593
  • Series Online ISSN 2211-0607
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