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Animal Diversity - Spiders

Thematic Units for Kindergarten (Grades K-1) by Kristin Schlosser

Pegasus: Spiders Unit Guide for Grade 3 (Paperback - February 1992)

pisaurid fishing spider from Ecuador Arachnida arachnid anatomy

Pisauridae: Moderately large spiders which spread their legs radially to allow them to walk on water.
 The body is like that of a lycosid spider except that none of the eyes are unusually large 
as is the case for a wolf spider.  Dolomedes instabilis   Dolomedes instabilis

Water Spider Water Spider

Spinning Silk

Search Access Excellence in Education

The spider can easily recycle the silk 
that is very important for orb web spiders.
 Their web is easily destroyed by 
bad weather and by the flying prey. 
After a day or two the adhesive droplets 
of glue lose their adhesiveness.
 The old web is eaten and a new 
web is constructed again. 
The cutting and the digesting 
of the web are done by 
special digestive juices that contain enzymes 
rather than by any mechanical cutting. 
These juices are also used to connect 
the strands of silk together.

DuPont's advertisement in the Scientific American 
of July 1996 tells us that they are studying 
these biopolymer structures of the spider webs. 
By using recombinant DNA technology 
they managed to produce analogs of silk 
in yeast and bacteria and are planning
 to use this synthesized material for 
all kind of construction purposes. 

Golden garden spider: Argiope aurantia (Wildlife profiles) by Anne Hice

Argiope aurantia$narrative.html
Article about the golden orb weaver, otherwise known as the black-and-yellow argiope, golden garden spider or golden writing spider.
Spiders of Northwest Europe
Images and descriptions of over 220 species commonly found in northwestern Europe, especially the area between the Netherlands and the south of France. A subsection features 190 pictures of Australian spiders.

Spider Myths Site
This site lists the common myths about spiders and debunks them; illustrated.

Spiders of North America
Attempt at a list of valid names for the spiders (Araneae) that occur in North America north of Mexico. Compiled by the American Arachnological Society.

Common Spiders in Japan
Line drawings, photos, and notes by Mikio Sekine. Also short articles on various insects.

World Spider Catalog
List of all families, genera, and species of spiders, with synonymy, species counts by family, and bibliography.


The World Spider Catalog by Norman I. Platnick
Detailed taxonomic information about the spider families.

Common Missouri Spiders
Descriptions and pictures of spiders indigenous to Missouri, USA.

Spiders in Ohio
General overview, some images, and information about spider research at Ohio State University.

Spiders of Wisconsin
List of species found in this state with estimated populations. Includes some photos.

Spiders of Medical Importance
University of Nebraska Cooperative Extension in Lancaster County factsheet and audio on local spiders of medical importance (black widow, brown recluse, sac spider, parson spider).

Spiders of Queensland
Identification, description, habitat, and toxicity of common spiders in Queensland, Australia. Includes section on the Australian Redback Spider (Latrodectus hasseltii).

Steve's Aussie Spider Pics
Photo gallery of spiders found in the Alice Springs area, Australia.

Black Widow Spiders and Other Spiders of Medical Importance
Brief information on the black widow and brown recluse; links to related web sites.

Brisbane Spiders
Spiders in Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.

Spiders of Turkey
Includes the full checklist for Turkey, photographs, general properties of spiders, poisonous spiders, and list of spider families.

Well-Tended Perennial Garden: Planting & Pruning Techniques
by Tracy DiSabato-Aust

Behavorial Ecology of Spiders
Projects and publications of Dr. Jutta Schneider related to the evolution of reproductive behavior and sociality of spiders.

Spiders of Belgium
Biology, ecology, life history, and images of spiders, as well as a key to Belgian spiders. In Flemish and English.

Nick's Spiders
Large photo gallery and notes about the spiders of Britain, Europe, and North America.

Online Coelotinae
Descriptions, images, publications, type depository, and keys to the species of the spider subfamily Coelotinae.

Spiders of South India
Pictures and information about common South Indian spiders.

Spiders of Brisbane
Photographs and notes from the Brisbane area of Queensland, Australia.

Poisonous Spiders of South Carolina
Factsheet from Clemson University describes widow and recluse spiders, type of injury inflicted by bites, and spider control.

Spiders Online
Brief notes and photographs of spiders in South Africa.

Spider Webring
Web ring for spider lovers.

Hobo Spider
A wealth of information about the poisonous Hobo Spider (Tegenaria agrestis), which was introduced into the USA from Europe.
Atrax robustus
Article about the Sydney funnel-web spider, found only in Australia in the vicinity of Sydney.
Commercial website describes the Hobo spider (found in the northwestern U.S.) and brown recluse spider (found in the southern U.S.) and their bites. Includes pictures and pest control information.

Biology of the Salticid Spiders
Articles and links related to jumping spiders by David Edwin Hill.

Guide to French Salticidae
Introduction and photo gallery of 72 species.

Jumping Spiders - Salticidae
Photo gallery from the Netherlands.

Jumping Spiders of the World
Comprehensive information on the diversity and biology of the world's Salticidae, with photos, drawings, and links.

Detailed information about jumping spider biology and systematics by Wayne Maddison. Includes full list and photo gallery of genera of jumping spiders found in America North of Mexico.

Salticidae (Jumping Spiders)
Overview and images.

Brown Recluse Spider
Information and pictures from the central US; bite treatment.

Brown Recluse Spider
Description of the spider and the effects of its bite.

Loxosceles reclusa
Animal Diversity Web article about the poisonous brown recluse spider, also known as the violin spider.

Achaearanea tepidariorum
An article about the house spider from Animal Diversity Web.

Latrodectus mactans
An article about the black widow spider from Animal Diversity Web.

Australian Tarantulas
Includes photos, videos, articles, and species descriptions.

Steve Nunn's Australian Tarantulas
A comprehensive site on Australian Theraphosidae, with ID keys, anatomy, classification history, species descriptions, and photos.

Photographs of representative species, and a description of the characteristics of this spider family. The family includes the giant, hairy spiders commonly known as tarantulas.

American Tarantula Society
A non-profit organization providing information for tarantula enthusiasts. Photos, literature for download, and a bulletin board.

Blog of Mexican redknee spiderlings
Personal blog and images of Mexican redknee (Brachypelma smithi)tarantula spiderlings. Contains information on their care.

Cardiff Tarantulas
A guide for beginners new to the hobby of caring and keeping tarantulas.

How to take care of tarantulas and scorpions. Includes a section on the care of insects used to feed them.

Eight: A Site about Tarantulas
A Site About Tarantulas. Information on theraphosids (tarantulas). Care sheets, conservation information, taxonomy, links, and photos.

G Wright's Tarantula Care
This site contains information on keeping tarantulas. Includes moulting guides, care sheets, sexing guides, links and more.

Giant Spiders
Guide to the housing, feeding and general care of theraphosids or tarantulas. Includes a photo gallery.

Minax Tarantulas
Information on the care and identification of tarantulas. Care sheets, photos, links, and biology.

My Hairy Friend the Tarantula
An article helping you learn about keeping the tarantula as a pet. Care instructions, links, newsletter, and a discussion forum. : Tarantulas
Care and general tarantula information. Photos and care sheets included.

Phong's Tarantulas
Includes caresheets about tarantulas, a photo album, and molting diaries.

Primarily a forum for tarantula hobbyists. Includes classifieds and a forum for general husbandry.

Scientific and general information about tarantulas and keeping them as pets. Care information, photos, folk stories, suggested reading, and links.

Tarantula Care
The Milwaukee Public Museum's general tarantula care information. Photos and information on handling, housing, and feeding.
General and species-specific information on tarantulas, forums and marketplace.

Tarantulas: Rick West
Tarantula expert Rick West's archive of images. Includes photos and a frequently asked questions section.

The Malaysia Earth Tiger
The lifestyle and habits of the reclusive Malaysia Earth Tiger Tarantula. Care information is included.

The Tarantula Store
Covers husbandry of tarantulas. Includes photos, FAQ, and discussion boards.

The Women's Tarantula Alliance Group
Resource and information group for female tarantula keepers worldwide.

American Tarantula Society

Bug Muldoon: The Garden of Fear
by Paul Shipton, Elwood H. Smith (Illustrator)

See How They Grow: Insects & Spiders VHS (VHS Tape)


	Spinning Spiders (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science 2)
by Melvin Berger, S. D. Schindler (Illustrator) (Paperback)

Garden spider spins to eat (A Life cycle book)
by Mary Adrian 

Garden Spiders (Spiders Discovery Library)
by Jason Cooper (Library Binding - March 2005) 

Garden spider, (Holiday easy science)
by Mary Adrian

Golden garden spider: Argiope aurantia (Wildlife profiles)
by Anne Hice

Mr Bidery's Spider Garden
by David McCord

My Daddy Longlegs (Let's Read-And-Find-Out Science (Hardcover))
by Judy Hawes 


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