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A Photographic Guide to Spiders of New Zealand

By Cor J. Vink, Bryce McQuillan (Photographs by)

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Format: Paperback, 120 pages
Other Information: 150 colour photographs
Published In: New Zealand, 01 February 2015
Spiders are found everywhere in New Zealand, from bathroom to bush, beach and beyond, and although many people find them distasteful, they are valuable predators of pests and fascinating components of any ecosystem. This new guide introduces over 90 species, focusing on the more commonplace introduced spiders but also featuring some of our rare native species. It gives details on their taxonomy, geographical origins, range and preferred habitat, plus special notes on behaviour, life cycle or diet. A handful of our spiders are well known - the katipo for its feared bite, the elusive Nelson cave spider for its great size - but few have been much studied until recently. Respected arachnologist Cor Vink brings his scholarship and expertise to the text, while Bryce McQuillan's photography presents the spiders with extraordinary clarity and detail, making this an essential purchase for anyone with an interest in our eight-legged neighbours.
EAN: 9781869664039
ISBN: 1869664035
Publisher: New Holland Publishers (NZ) Ltd
Dimensions: 19 x 9.5 centimetres (0.11 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years

About the Author

Arachnologist Cor Vink has a special interest in the systematics of New Zealand spiders, and he has also worked on spider ecology, biosecurity and biological control. He has produced over 50 scientific articles and in 2010 he co-authored an illustrated guide to the spider families of New Zealand. Cor works as Curator of Natural History at Canterbury Museum. Bryce McQuillan is a freelance wildlife photographer specialising in macro; spiders are his main passion. His work has featured in magazines around the world, particularly New Zealand Geographic.

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A very useful book with fantastic photographs. Highly recommended. Small enough for taking with you, yet not too small to see the amazing detail in the photos.

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