Spider Ecophysiology

Editors: Nentwig, Wolfgang (Ed.)

  • Comprehensive reviews of all relevant recent research results
  • With contributions by renowned spider experts
  • Presents basic biological data and potential industrial applications
  • With numerous excellent illustrations
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With over 43,000 species, spiders are the largest predacious arthropod group. They have developed key characteristics such as multi-purpose silk types, venoms consisting of hundreds of components, locomotion driven by muscles and hydraulic pressure, a highly evolved key-lock mechanism between the complex genital structures, and many more unique features. After 300 million years of evolutionary refinement, spiders are present in all land habitats and represent one of the most successful groups of terrestrial organisms.

Ecophysiology combines functional and evolutionary aspects of morphology, physiology, biochemistry and molecular biology with ecology. Cutting-edge science in spiders focuses on the circulatory and respiratory system, locomotion and dispersal abilities, the immune system, endosymbionts and pathogens, chemical communication, gland secretions, venom components, silk structure, structure and perception of colours as well as nutritional requirements. Spiders are valuable indicator species in agroecosystems and for conservation biology. Modern transfer and application technologies research spiders and their products with respect to their value for biomimetics, material sciences, and the agrochemical and pharmaceutical industries.

Table of contents (37 chapters)

  • Evolution and Adaptation of Hemocyanin Within Spiders

    Burmester, Thorsten

    Pages 3-14

  • The Circulatory System of Spiders

    Wirkner, Christian S. (et al.)

    Pages 15-27

  • Tracheae in Spiders: Respiratory Organs for Special Functions

    Schmitz, Anke

    Pages 29-39

  • Hydraulic System of Locomotion

    Kropf, Christian

    Pages 43-56

  • Functional Aspects of Spider Scopulae

    Niederegger, Senta

    Pages 57-66

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eBook $189.00
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Spider Ecophysiology
Editors
  • Wolfgang Nentwig
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-33989-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-33989-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-642-33988-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 529
Number of Illustrations and Tables
50 b/w illustrations, 49 illustrations in colour
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