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How to know the Spiders - Kaston, B.J.

Discussion in 'Book and Magazine Reviews' started by conipto, Nov 2, 2003.

  1. conipto

    conipto ArachnoPrincess Old Timer


    This book was probably really good when it was written (1906!), but nowadays it's chock full of inaccuracy (for example, the 5 genera and 30 species of theraphosids :))

    Still, for basic taxonomy knowledge and distinguishing familes (to some extent) it's pretty decent. Lots of good illustrations, and worth checking out of the library for a light read - not a buy unless you fancy old books and find an original.

  2. diadematus

    diadematus Arachnosquire Old Timer

    Hmmm, Kaston himself was born in 1906...
  3. JColt

    JColt Arachnoknight Old Timer

    lol. Yeah the writer was born 1906. The first print was 1972 and last in 1978. You can tell by the title that it's old. Good book though.
  4. diadematus

    diadematus Arachnosquire Old Timer

    And by "inaccuracies", I assume that you mean taxonomy that has changed (I don't think the spiders have changed that much in the last 40 years); Kaston, based on what little I've read, was known for being a stickler for details and accuracy.


    (oops, JColt wasn't the original poster -- sorry about false attribution)
    Last edited: Apr 24, 2008
  5. bluefrogtat2

    bluefrogtat2 Arachnoangel Old Timer

    nicely done book.
    actually reading this now
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