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Spiders: Biology, Ecology, Natural History, and Behavior (Punzo)

Discussion in 'Book and Magazine Reviews' started by GoTerps, Jul 15, 2007.

  1. GoTerps

    GoTerps Arachnoking Old Timer

    Punzo, F. 2007. Spiders: Biology, Ecology, Natural History, and Behavior. Koninklijke Brill, Leiden.

    This is a new 2007 text (428 pgs.) by Fred Punzo

    This is very good overall text of spider biology.

    Some of the topics covered in this book:
    systematics and evolution
    natural history
    physiology of all major systems
    biochemistry of spider silk and venom

    I recommend this book to anyone interested in learning more about spider biology.

  2. Martin H.

    Martin H. Arachnoangel Old Timer


    Boris Striffler wrote a book review about this book:
    • STRIFFLER, B. (2007): Für Sie gelesen: Buchrezension: Punzo, Fred 2007: Spiders: Biology, Ecology, Natural History and Behaviour Brill, Leiden. ARACHNE 12(5): 26-28.

      The new book on spiders by Fred Punzo is reviewed. Its quality is not what one would expect for $ 97,- list price, as it contains mainly the same information given more than 10 years ago in »Biology of Spiders« by Rainer Foelix (which is only $ 32,50). Most drawings look like being scanned (in poor resolution) from other books, like Foelix' »Biology of Spiders«. American Arachnologist like Dr. Jerome Rovner (Ohio State University) even speak of plagiarism, further information from Dr. Rovner can be obtained via email.
      In conclusion: better save the money and spend it for »Spider families of the world« by Jocqué and Dippenaar-Shoeman.

    all the best,
  3. lucanidae

    lucanidae Arachnoprince Old Timer

    Official statement from Koninklijke Brill NV

    Leiden, the Netherlands,

    September 2007

    Subject: withdrawal of publication

    Please note that BRILL has decided to take the following publication off
    the market:

    Spiders: Biology, Ecology, Natural History, and Behaviour
    by Fred Punzo (2007),

    ISBN 9789004156647 (paperback)

    ISBN 9789004156630 (hardback)

    The reason for this withdrawal is the discovery of serious negligence on
    the part of the author in obtaining the required permissions to use
    illustrations from other publications, and in properly referring to the
    sources of a number of illustrations in the book.

    BRILL has instructed its distribution centers to accept and credit any
    return of copies of the aforementioned titles.
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