All You Need to Know About Spiders


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All You Need to Know About Spiders Authors: , , , , , , , Format: Hardback First Published: Published By: Springer Nature Switzerland AG
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Pages: 245 Illustrations and other contents: 159 Tables, color; 151 Illustrations, color; 12 Illustrations, black and white; XIV, 245 p. 163 illus., 151 illus. in color. Language: English ISBN: 9783030908805 Categories: ,

All You Need to Know About Spiders Spiders are super predators and devour everything they can overpower. To do this, they have developed incredibly good catching techniques and, with spider silk, a tool that makes material technology green with envy. The males are usually smaller than the females and, in order to have sex, they have to come up with a lot to avoid being misunderstood as easy prey: Dancing, drumming, and gifts almost always help. Spiders use their venom in very precise doses, and since humans are not on their menu, they are harmless to us. Many people’s (unnecessary) fear of spiders finds cultural roots as early as the Middle Ages. Nevertheless, spider fear is easily treatable. There is no habitat or building without spiders. And that’s a good thing, because spiders have fascinating properties and their world is full of surprises. Everything you need to know about them is explained in this book in understandable language by experts for laymen. In addition, some of the most common spider species in the house and garden are briefly presented with tips for observation. The authorsThis book is authored by eight scientists, all of them members of the Association for the Promotion of Spider Research: Wolfgang Nentwig, Jutta Ansorg, Angelo Bolzern, Holger Frick, Anne-Sarah Ganske, Ambros Hanggi, Christin Kropf und Anna Staubli

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Author Biography

Wolfgang Nentwig Biology studies, 1981 PhD, University of Marburg (Germany) 1983-1984 Visiting Researcher at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (Panama), Assistant Professor University of Regensburg1988-2019 Professor of Ecology, University of Bern (Switzerland), research interests in agroecology, invasion ecology, spider ecology, spider venomCo-founder of "araneae - Spiders of Europe" ( and co-organizer of the World Spider Catalog ( Jutta Ansorg Studies in energy- and process engineering and PhD 2001, Technical University of Berlin1993-1998 Lecturer in practical mathematics and research in the field of process engineering1998-2014 Engineer in international power plant and waste incineration plant construction in Switzerland Since 2014 specialist for air pollution control and noise protection in the Canton of Aargau (Switzerland) She has been involved with spiders outside of work for about 45 years. Angelo BolzernBiology studies and PhD 2010, University of Basel (Switzerland)2012-2013 Research visit to the American Museum of Natural History, New York (USA) on spider taxonomy and systematics2014-2018 Freelance researcher, employment in practical nature conservation and environmental education, training as a high school teachersince 2019 Staff member Education & Outreach, Natural History Museum Basel (Switzerland) Holger Frick Biology studies and PhD 2010, University of Bern and Natural History Museum Bern (Switzerland)2010-2011 PostDoc at the Natural History Museum of Denmark, Copenhagen2011-2014 Head of Department, Office for the Environment and Curator of the State Natural History Collection Liechtenstein2014-2019 Head of the natural history museum, Naturama Aargau (Switzerland)2019-2020 Project Manager, Swiss Academy of Sciences and Natural History Museum Fribourg (Switzerland)Since 2021 Head of Biosciences and Curator of Invertebrates at the Natural History Museum Basel (Switzerland) Anne-Sarah Ganske Biology studies, 2014 Bachelor of Science (Biology), 2016 Master of Science (Biodiversity and Ecology), University of Greifswald (Germany)2017-2018 Marie-Sklodowska-Curie Fellow at the Natural History Museum Vienna (Austria)2019 PhD in Biology at the University of Vienna (Austria); Research topics: morphology and sensory biology of spiders; morphology, systematics and phylogeny of centipedes Ambros Hanggi Biology studies, dissertation 1987, University of Bern (Switzerland)Assistant at the University of Bern and freelance biologist; Co-editor of the catalogue of Swiss spiders (1990)1990-2020 Curator for invertebrates (excluding insects) at the Natural History Museum Basel (Switzerland), from 2021 honorary assistant; Conception and implementation of special exhibitions and projects for the comprehensible communication of research resultsResearch focus on faunistics and systematics of spidersCo-founder of "araneae - Spiders of Europe" ( Christian Kropf Biology studies, 1992 PhD, University of Graz (Austria)1992-1995 Assistant at the University of Graz1994 Research visit University of New Delhi (India)since 1995 Curator for invertebrates at the Natural History Museum Bern (Switzerland) since 1996 Lecturer at the University of Bern, 2011 Habilitationmain research interests taxonomy, systematics, functional morphology of arthropods, especially spidersCo-founder of "araneae - Spiders of Europe" ( and co-organizer of the World Spider Catalog ( Anna Staubli Studies in Natural Sciences, 1998 Diplom an der ETH Zurich (Switzerland)2005 resp. 2006/2011 further education in systematics and taxonomy of spiders and butterflies 1998-2013 employee in office for nature conservation in agricultureSince 2013 owner of the company Projekte OEkologie Landwirtschaft: specialized in field surveys of spiders, butterflies, grasshoppers and dragonflies, as well as nature conservation consulting and impact monitoring