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Arachnids    by Jan Beccaloni order for
by Jan Beccaloni
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University of California, 2009 (2009)
* * *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

Anyone interested in spiders will relish this comprehensive book about this amazingly diverse group of invertebrates. With about 11 distinctive lineages and over 38,000 species alone, there's a lot to know about arachnids.

This amazing, well illustrated volume summarizes all the existing knowledge about each major type of arachnid, revealing their secrets through detailed species accounts, brilliant photos, and a compelling cast of eight-legged creatures.

Curator of Arachbida and Myriapoda at the Natural History Museum in London, Jan Beccaloni examines the anatomy, habitat, behavior, and distribution of each lineage, from the garden spider to the death stalker scorpion and even a species of mite that lives inside a monkey's lungs.

Along the way, as she delves into the lives of arachnids, Beccaloni also debunks some common myths about these bizarre but beautiful creatures.

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