Spider Physiology and Behaviour

Spider Physiology and Behaviour


1st Edition - October 18, 2011

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  • Editor: Jerome Casas
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780123876683
  • eBook ISBN: 9780123877017

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This latest volume in this series contains articles on Arachnid Physiology and Behaviour. The papers in this special issue give rise to key themes for the future.

Key Features

  • Contributions from the leading researchers in entomology
  • Discusses Arachnid physiology and behavior
  • Includes in-depth reviews with valuable information for a variety of entomology disciplines


Insect and other physiologists and neuroscientists; zoologists

Table of Contents

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    Venom Composition and Strategies in Spiders: Is Everything Possible?

    1 Introduction

    2 Methods and datasets

    3 Results: spider venom composition and modes of action

    4 Discussion

    Spider Nutrition: An Integrative Perspective

    1 Introduction

    2 Important aspects of spider physiology

    3 The food of spiders in nature

    4 Nutrition and spider performance

    5 Conclusions: Integration and connections

    Endosymbiont Infections in Spiders

    1 Identification of maternally transmitted endosymbiotic bacteria in spiders

    2 Modes of endosymbiont inheritance in spiders and other arachnids

    3 Bacterial phenotypes in spiders

    4 Effects of endosymbiont infections on spider behaviour

    5 Evolutionary relationships between endosymbionts and their spider hosts

    6 Are spiders special? Identification of novel bacterial strains in spiders

    7 Endosymbiont infections and the evolution of sexually selected traits: spiders as useful model systems

    Grade Changes in Brain–Body Allometry: Morphological and Behavioural Correlates of Brain Size in Miniature Spiders, Insects and Other Invertebrates

    1 Problems of absolute and relative brain size in small animals

    2 Aims of this review

    3 Generality of the miniaturization problem

    4 Possible solutions to miniaturization problems

    5 Predictions derived from possible solutions to the miniaturization problem

    6 Data testing the predictions

    7 Discussion

    Combined Index of Volumes 40 and 41

Product details

  • No. of pages: 240
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2011
  • Published: October 18, 2011
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780123876683
  • eBook ISBN: 9780123877017

About the Serial Volume Editor

Jerome Casas

Affiliations and Expertise

Institut de Recherche sur la Biologie de l'Insecte, France

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