Ecophysiology of Spiders

  • Wolfgang Nentwig

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XI
  2. Cuticle, Temperature and Respiration

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. John E. Dalingwater
      Pages 3-15
    3. Arthur Holl
      Pages 16-25
    4. Ralf Pulz
      Pages 26-55
    5. William F. Humphreys
      Pages 56-65
    6. Frauke Strazny, Steven F. Perry
      Pages 78-94
    7. James E. Carrel
      Pages 95-110
    8. Jean-Claude Bonaric
      Pages 111-118
  3. Glands, Silk and Webs

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 119-119
    2. André Lopez
      Pages 121-132
    3. Simon D. Pollard, Aynsley M. Macnab, Robert R. Jackson
      Pages 133-141
    4. Zvonimir Maretić
      Pages 142-159
    5. Hans M. Peters
      Pages 187-202
    6. Edward K. Tillinghast, Mark Townley
      Pages 203-210
    7. Wolfgang Nentwig, Stefan Heimer
      Pages 211-225
  4. Feeding Ecology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 227-227
    2. Klaus-Günter Collatz
      Pages 229-238

About this book

Introduction

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.

Keywords

adaptation biology chemistry ecology ecophysiology environment growth insects parasites physiology structure temperature

Editors and affiliations

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

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-71552-5
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1987
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-71554-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-71552-5
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