A Spider's World - Senses and Behavior
F.G. Barth University of Vienna
Spiders are wonderful creatures. Their varied and complex range of behavior and
highly developed sensory systems are excellently adapted to the environmental conditions -
as is proven by their evolutionary success. Over 400 million years, spiders have developed
their sensory organs to a fascinating technical perfection and complexity.
In his intriguing book, Professor Friedrich G. Barth puts this technical perfection into the
context of "biology", in which the interaction between environment and sensory organs and the
selectivity of the senses as a link between environment and behavior play a major role.
Hardcover XIV + 394 pp, 309 figs., 16 color plates ISBN 9783540420460
A The General Biology of Cupiennius
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I How it All Began
II The Relatives - Who Is Who
IV Daily Activity Rhythm.
V No Spider Without Poison.. . . . .
B Sensory Systems.. . .
VI The Special Significance of Mechanical Senses. . . . . . .
VII The Measurement of Strain in the Exoskeleton. . . . . . .
VIII The Vibration Sense..
IX Trichobothria - The Measurement of Air Movement. . .
X Proprioreception.. . . .
XI The Eyes..
XII Chemoreception.. . . . .
XIII Hygro- and Thermoreception: Blumenthal's Tarsal Organ . . . . . . . .
C The Central Nervous System and Its Peripheral Nerves . . . . . . .
XIV The Central Nervous System.. . .
XV The Route for Afferent Inputs to the CNS. . .
XVI Two Visual Systems in One Brain. . . . . . . . .
XVII Neurotransmitters and Neuromodulators. . .
Color Plates 1-16
D Senses and Behavior.
XVIII Signposts to the Prey: Substrate Vibrations.
XIX Signposts to the Prey: Airflow Stimuli. . . . .
XX Courtship and Vibratory Communication. . .
XXI Kinesthetic Orientation.. . . . . . .
XXII Visual Targets.. . . . . .
XXIII Raising the Body When Walking over an Obstacle. . . .
XXIV Locomotion and Leg Reflexes.. .
XXV Swinging to a New Plant: the Dispersal of the Spiderlings . . . . . . .
Epilogue... . . . . .
References... . . . .
Appendix (Identification Key).
Subject Index.. . .
: environmental science
: spiders and mites