Neurobiology of Arachnids

  • Friedrich G. Barth

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XI
  2. The Central Nervous System: Structure and Development

  3. Structure and Function of Sensory Systems

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 51-51
    2. Vision

    3. Mechano- and Chemoreception

      1. R. F. Foelix
        Pages 118-137
      2. Andreas Reissland, Peter Görner
        Pages 138-161
    4. Sensory Nerves and Peripheral Synapses

      1. R. F. Foelix
        Pages 189-200
  4. Senses and Behavior

  5. The Motor System

  6. Neurobiology of a Biological Clock

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 349-349
    2. Günther Fleiṡsner, Gerta Fleissner
      Pages 351-375
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 377-388

About this book


Arachnids rarely come to mind when one discusses arthropod neurobiology. In fact much more is now known and written about the nervous systems of insects and crustaceans. Several arguments have led us to conclude, however, that the time has come to document impor­ tant aspects of the neurobiology of spiders, scorpions, and their kin, as well. Studies of arachnid neurobiology have made considerable progress since the last comprehensive treatment by Bullock and Horridge in their monumental monograph on invertebrate nervous systems pub­ lished in 1965. This is especially true for research performed in the last decade. Several problems related to the structure and function of arachnid nervous and sensory systems have now been studied in con­ siderable depth but have so far not been given adequate space under one cover. A particular incentive to produce this book has been the impor­ tance attributed to comparative approaches in neurobiology. Neglect­ ing a large taxonomic group such as the arachnids - which comprises some 60,000 species living a wide range of different lives - would mean ignoring an enormous potential source of knowledge. In writing the chapters of this book we have striven to present some of the unique features of the arachnids. But the result of our efforts is not just meant to contribute to an understanding of the particularities of the arach­ nids.


Neurobiology biology Crustacea development ethology insects morphology muscle nervous system neurobiology neurosecretion receptor system

Editors and affiliations

  • Friedrich G. Barth
    • 1
  1. 1.Zoologisches Institut, Fachbereich BiologieJ.-W.-Goethe-UniversitätFrankfurt am Main 1Germany

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1985
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
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  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-70350-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-70348-5
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