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A more detailed description of the prosomal organ systems follows in chapters 3 and 4.

Some ancient spiders e. The highly accessible text is supplemented by exceptional, high-quality photographs, many of them originals, and detailed diagrams. The digestive fluid is pumped in and out through this hole, and the dissolving tissue is gradually sucked out. I would have liked to have known a little bit more about their lifespan and web construction of spiders that aren’t orb web spiders funnel spiders for example though.

Instead, it is always the hemolymph that is responsible for the final transport of oxygen to its destination. Its bite is harmless for humans, but not for arthropods. The lower muscle fiber is bioloogy, hence the light I-bands have almost disappeared.

This is not true for most species. Actually, bending occurs before the hair shaft contacts the socket rim Barth et al. Metabolism 77 Figure 3. Their bite is very painful and can cause shock. Frontal views of a Phidippus, b Habronattus Photos: First published inthis was the first textbook on spiders since Some others find them fascinating and keep them as pets.

One pair of book lungs and one pair of tubular tracheae Araneidae, Lycosidae.

Usually different receptor types exist for the various stimuli. All Araneomorphae without such a cribellum were grouped together as Ecribellatae. Thus, the actual contact between the foot and spidsrs substrate is mediated by the thousands of microscopic end feet fig.


The latter is further subdivided by radial furrows Rf. The posterior segments 13—17 become gradually smaller and terminate in the anal tubercle segment The heartbeat itself is the result of the synchronous contraction of the entire heart tube. In cross-section it typically exhibits the shape of a collapsed square figs. After Gerhardt and Kaestner, Rapid contraction fowlix the prosomal muscles squirts out a mixture of venom and glue from the chelicerae. Chemically, spider venom is heterogeneous in that it may contain many differ- ent substances.

Biology of Spiders by Rainer F. Foelix

The pH value is about 7. Their small eyes can produce sharp images only at very short distances, yet they perceive motions as far as 20 cm away Homann, Bioloy spiders with a transparent cuticle, the heart tube is visible from the spidesr along the dorsal midline of the opisthosoma.

Each time close to a new pages of brand new spider info was added, as well as several corrections on old or outdated info.

Their classification into higher taxa is still problematic. Each consists of a dorsal tergite and a ventral sternite. For comparison, hemoglobin has a mass of 66, with subunits of only 16, During low activity the tracheae supply certain organs nervous system, gut with oxygen but do not play a role for the muscles engaged in physical exercise Schmitz, The opisthosoma is usually unsegmented, except in some spiderw considered to xpiders evolved from ancient species Mesothelae.

In the large tarantula Eurypelma, the surface of all four book lungs is considerably higher 70 cm2and its volume lies between 10 and 20 mm3 Reisinger et al. During molting, the rela- tive percentage of the different hemocyte types changes drastically. To release the thread, the middle claw is lifted by the musculus levator praetarsi; the inherent elasticity of the thread simply causes it to spring back out of the clasp of the claw Wilson, b.


Besides the strong muscle pain, the black widow spider venom BWSV also elicits psychological symptoms, which range from anxiety feelings to actual fear of death.

Biology of Spiders

It is interesting that the two pairs of book lungs in tarantulas seem to serve two pathways of blood circulation: All these substances are nearly insoluble in water, a property spuders in their tendency to crystallize.

This rostral plate possesses a median furrow and thousands of laterally situated cuticular platelets arranged like shingles fig. In contrast to most insects, however, spiders possess a mesocuticle even in the adult stage.

Do the thousands of hairs merely decorate the exoskeleton, or do they fulfill some vital functions? Bart van Herk rated it it was amazing Jun 08, Going through the enormous amount of spider literature was only possible through the internet, rapid information exchange by e-mail, and the sup- port of kind colleagues who sent me with their latest spider publications.

The arrow points to the hair base Photos b,c: However, a reduced middle claw arrow is often still present, like in this tarsus of a young jumping spider. Since its exoskeleton remains intact, the victim appears practi- cally foelox when the spider has finished its meal Foelix, In Tegenaria, for instance, they spidsrs one dorsal row on each tarsus and metatarsus, with the length of their respective hair shafts gradually increasing toward the tip of the leg.

Although little is known about the function of specific hemocytes, it seems likely that they play a role in blood clotting, wound healing, and fighting off infections.