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1. Introduction Marie E. Herberstein and Anne Wignall; 2. Foraging behaviour Ximena J. Nelson and Robert R. Jackson; 3. Web building behaviour Marie E. Herberstein and I-Min Tso; 4. Anti-predator behaviour Ximena J. Nelson and Robert R. Jackson; 5. Communication Gabriele Uhl and Damian Elias; 6. Deception Marie E. Herberstein and Anne Wignall; 7. Mating behaviour and sexual selection Jutta Schneider and Maydianne Andrade; 8. Group living in spiders: cooperative breeding and coloniality Trine Bilde and Yael Lubin; 9. Plasticity, learning and cognition Elizabeth Jakob, Christa Skow and Skye Long; 10. Kleptoparasitic spiders - a special case of behavioural plasticity Mary Whitehouse; Index.

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Explores the extraordinary variation and plasticity found in all areas of spider behaviour including foraging, web building, communication and courtship.

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Marie Elisabeth Herberstein is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Macquarie University, Sydney. Her research investigates a range of behaviours in spiders including web building, learning, mating (including sexual cannibalism) and the use of deceptive signals.


'I consider this book to be as seminal as Choe and Crespi's edited volumes ... enormously valuable to graduate students searching for research projects ... established behavioural researchers who specialize on spiders will find the book to be an excellent resource. At the recent Animal Behavior Society meeting, at a 'Spider Lunch', a diverse group of my arachnological colleagues raved about how marvelous this book is. I learned a great deal from it, even in areas that I follow with regularity. The book will also be of interest to a wide range of animal behaviourists, regardless of their research organism. Researchers and lecturers without an arachnid background can use this book to get up to speed.' Animal Behaviour
'This volume boasts a dream team of authors, including rising stars and field luminaries, each summarizing their respective fields. The book emphasizes the flexibility, versatility, and sheer diversity of spider behavior. Generally, it takes on the daunting task of summarizing all of spider behavior with remarkable finesse. One of the volume's most impressive feats is its attention to the recent literature in rapidly moving subfields. Doubtlessly the text is destined to serve a valuable reference for both arachnologists and behaviorists. Personally, I know I will be assigning this volume to both undergraduate and graduate students for years to come. I suspect so will many others.' Jonathan N. Pruitt, The Quarterly Review of Biology
'... well written and very well edited ... I thoroughly enjoyed reading the book, and recommend it for anyone wishing to gain a good understanding of spiders in general, and their behaviours in particular.' B. Staffan Lindgren, Bulletin of the Entomological Society of Canada

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