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Biology of Spiders – Rainer F. Foelix – Google Books

Other less conspicuous indentations are the sigillae, small patches of cuticle with a scaly appear- ance fig. Most colors, or color patterns, are genetically determined, either by major genes or by polygenes. It turns out that a contraction of prosomal muscles fig. Metabolism 75 Figure 3.

This original type becomes substantially reduced in orb-web spiders, in which a collecting duct is lacking, and the labyrinth apparently no longer has an excretory function.

Biology of Spiders – Rainer Foelix – Oxford University Press

Carbon dioxide can pass directly through the abdominal cuticle and into the captive air bubble, thus preventing carbon dioxide poisoning Crome, A con- spicuous muscle layer surrounds the body of the gland and expels the venom rap- idly as the muscle contracts fig.

Of the various biolgoy of sensory organs that collect information about the environment— e. Sternum An undivided sternal plate sternum lies on the ventral side of the prosoma fig.

Going through the enormous amount of spider literature was only possible through the internet, rapid information exchange by e-mail, and the sup- port of kind colleagues who sent me with their latest spider publications.


The muscle fiber pictured in the upper half is in the relaxed state. The inner sides of the maxillae are fringed by a dense cover of hair that acts as a filter while the spider is sucking in the liquefied food. Initially the hemocyanin is stored in crystalline form, but mature cyanocytes may spider it to the hemolymph see Fahrenbach, Internal Organs of the Prosoma: Splders lateral processes serve as insertion sites for muscles.

I thought they always just looked like spiders, but, you know Histologically, the entosterna resemble the cartilage of vertebrates.

After Pack and Foelix,unpubl. Theridiids and thomisids, which have few or no cheliceral teeth, inflict only a small wound on their prey.

Chemically, the venom contains three molecular off True tarantulas Lycosa, Hogna can reach an impressive 30 mm of body length fig. Interestingly, most web spiders exhibit much fewer trichobothria about 10 bioloby leg, mainly on the tibiae, none on the tarsi than ground spiders Peters and Pfreundt, Biology of Spiders by Rainer F.

The sucking stomach serves as the main pump for food intake. Most joints are equipped with several muscles fig.

Oxygen from the air spaces must penetrate the thin cuticular lining and the hypodermis cells of the book lung in order to reach the hemolymph. If unbranched, they remain restricted to the opisthosoma; if highly branched as they are, for example, in Dictynidaethey also foelx the prosoma and supply the various organs there with oxygen.

An Overview Inside the prosoma lie the central nervous system CNSpart of the intestinal tract, a pair of venom glands, and an extensive musculature Palmgren, for the extremities, the pharynx, and the sucking stomach.

A typical example is the tergal apodeme fig. It is still unclear whether the ejected venom has foeljx effect on the captured prey Clements and Li, As a consequence, the hair is more sensitive to small displacements than to large deflections Dechant et al. After the hemolymph has become oxygenated, it leaves off book lungs laterally and continues upward into another sinus, the lung vein, which then connects with the pericardial sinus.


Cells, microscopes, tissues, glands, and so on Most species lead a hidden life on the ground in crevices or tubes, but some are arboreal, building silken retreats in the trees. The fact that most of these hairs are innervated proves that they are sensory organs.

Biology of Spiders

Normally the fang rests in a groove of the basal segment like the blade of a pocket knife. The excretory products Ex are accumulated in intracellular compartments. Note the large openings of the poison canal and the lack of cheliceral teeth. An Introduction to Spiders 2. Academic Skip to main content. What is the reason for this large difference between hemocyanin and hemoglo- bin?

When an insect blunders onto the web, the spider quickly darts out from its hideout, bites the bioogy, and carries it back. Female wolf spiders are well known for their brood care. Whereas tactile hairs are distributed over the entire body surface, the trichobothria occur only on the extrem- ities.

For example, among the Uloborids, tracheae may extend into the prosoma and even into the legs.