New books

Steven Gielis

Old Timer
May 28, 2005
Spider Families of the World

Authors : Rudy Jocqué and Ansie Dippenaar-Schoeman (South Africa)

ISBN: 90-75894-85-6
336 p., zw/w illustrations + 32 photographs
Price: 55 euro
Available in English

This book provides a concise overview and descriptions of the 107 spider families that are presently recognized. It contains identification keys to the families and to the different kinds of spider webs, and shortcuts to remarkable types of spiders. The book fills a gap that has existed for a long time since the previous such overview dates back from more than a century.

Both authors of this book are professional arachnologists who have devoted most of their careers to the study of spiders, both from a biological/ agroecological and a taxonomic perspective.

Dr Rudy Jocqué is head of the Invertebrates (non-insects) Section in the department of Zoology at the Royal Museum for Central Africa.
Prof Ansie Dippenaar-Schoeman is head of the Arachnida Unit in the Biosystematics Division at the Plant Protection Research Institute, Agricultural Research Council and extraordinary professor in the Department of Zoology and Entomology at the University of Pretoria, South Africa.

Spiders: Biology, Ecology, Natural History, and Behaviour (Paperback)
Author: Fred Punzo