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An Introduction to Spiders 2. This biolpgy very noticeable in the assas- sin spiders Archaeidaewhich spear other spiders with their elongated chelicerae fig. Every time a spider molts, the cuticular part of the tendon is discarded along with the shed skin exuvium.

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This is in contrast to toxins in orb-web spideds, which act on synapses that use glutamate as neurotrans- mitter Kawai et al. Only the claw tufts arrows make contact with the substrate. Each spider leg is tra- versed by three main nerves A, B, C. Foelix goes in to great detail about the anatomy of spiders.

Hemocyanin crystal at higher magnification. The sensory organs are not merely windows to the outside world but act as selective filters that provide a species-specific, limited, and yet highly relevant, picture of the environment.

Incidentally, the same phenomenon of highly efficient adhesion forces is known in some reptiles, such as in skinks, which can walk surefootedly on walls and ceilings Hiller, In contrast to regular skeletal muscles fig.

In the large tarantulas mygalomorphsthe venom glands are quite small and lie inside the chelicerae fig. Within a few minutes the secretory cells empty their enzymatic granules into the gut lumen.

The most famous wolf spider is certainly the Mediterranean tarantula the name being derived from the Italian town of Taranto. Most tarantulas do not venture far from their retreat; often they leave it only briefly for capturing prey. During diastole, even the heart lumen shows a negative pressure suctionwhich leads to a refilling of the heart tube through the ostia.


A so-called passive joint lies between the tarsus and metatarsus; although a hinge is present, muscles are not involved in the movement between the two segments figs. Their bites are painful, but the symptoms itching, shivering, vomiting, slight fever disappear within 2—3 days Habermehl, ; Wolf, It seems that the two systems, tubular tracheae and book lungs, are somewhat complementary: The pharyngeal lumen can be widened by the Figure 2.

Some examples are given in chapter 5.

Biology of Spiders – Rainer Foelix – Oxford University Press

Psiders tubular tracheae have developed differently among various spider families Opell, Innervation The innervation of spider muscles is polyneuronal, that is, each muscle cell is sup- plied by several usually three motor nerve fibers Rathmayer, b.

At the same time, venom is injected through a tiny opening at the tip of the fang fig. The response to this outpouring is an updated edition of this widely regarded classic.

Nevertheless, the bite is rarely deadly for humans, probably because only small amounts of toxin are injected during a defensive bite. After Millot, ; Foelix et al. Electrophysiological recordings show that the tactile hairs react like typical phasic receptors, that is, only changes from the resting position are answered with nerve impulses Den Otter, Most likely single slit sensilla on the tarsi elicit an oriented prey-catching behavior, whereas the trichobothria signal only a general alertness.

Biology of Spiders

Their location is often visible from the outside as a hairless patch of cuticle that borders posterio- rally on a narrow slit, the lung slit fig. The liquefied food is sucked into the direction of the arrow and is filtered in the lateral ridges on both sides of the median groove MG.

A close inspection shows that the adhesive side of those scopulate hairs normally does not point toward the substrate but actually faces the leg surface.


The terminal position of the spinnerets is the result of a longitudinal expansion of the third sternite during phylogeny such that the spinnerets became displaced posteriorly. Other less conspicuous but nevertheless characteristic mechanoreceptors of spiders are the slit sensilla fig. Check out these excerpts: The energy necessary for these processes comes from an oxidation of lipids Paul, Finally, it should be stressed that, at least statistically, spider bites are much less dangerous to humans than the poisonous stings of bees, wasps, and hornets.

My thanks go to the following colleagues for their help and support: Note the position of the spinnerets arrow. Liddell Limited preview – Its bite is harmless for humans, but not for arthropods.

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A great text book on spiders! Instead, it is always the hemolymph that is responsible for the final transport of oxygen to its biolohy. An Sppiders to Spiders 7 Figure 1. Such is the case for the water spider Argyroneta aquatica Crome, Members of the aptly named genus Pirata hunt insects on the water sur- face, or even dive after tadpoles or small fish Gettmann, Short vertical extensions of this cuticle form minute columns that act like struts to foepix collapse of the narrow air pockets fig.

Most drugs tend to have a negative influence on web irregularity. Andrew rated it liked it Jul 25, Thus it comes as no surprise to find that there are hundreds of structural variations on the orb-web design as well.