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Die Tierwelt Deutschlands und der angrensenden Meeresteile nach ihren Merkmalen und nach ihrer Lebensweise

Nature volume 141, page 1080 (18 June 1938) | Download Citation



THE issue under notice of this well-known work deals with six families of spiders and is more substantial than any of its predecessors in this order. It includes descriptions of 169 German species, in 39 genera, with notes on their distribution, both in Germany and elsewhere, and full dichotomic tables for their separation. The classification used is that of Petrunkevitch, 1933 ; for example, the water-spider, Argyroneta, occupies a family by itself. The illustrations are a striking feature of the work. There are more than 500 clear line diagrams of genitalia and other pertinent parts, which are invaluable for purposes of identification, and many of which have never been published before. The value of the work to British readers is very great. About ninety of the species described occur in Britain, all being mentioned as so doing, and as a help in naming the species of some of our most important families, this work far surpasses anything previously obtainable.

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