Web site links

American Arachnological Society home page
The primary society in the United States for those interested in studying arachnids

American Tarantula Society
The place to go for information on the big hairy spiders

Arachnology home page
This is the first place to visit on your spider Web-adventures. Excellent information and links to other sites.

British Arachnological Society
Good information about this society

Colorado State Parks

The Insect and Spider Collections of the World
A listing of all the major collections at museums and with private collectors (with your help, the DMNS will be listed within the next five years!).

International Society of Arachnology
This site contains information about the International Arachnological Society and contains useful links and information about a range of arachnology-related topics and Web sites.

Salticidae home page
More great salticid images!

Spider Conservation page
Why study spider diversity? Why is it important to conserve these top invertebrate predators? Visit this page to find out.

Spider Myths
There are a lot of myths about spiders floating around. Find out the truth about spiders on this informative site.

The World Spider Catalog
This site contains a current listing of all species of spiders described in all families worldwide.

Rick's Recluse page

Canadian Arachnologist page 

International Society of Arachnology


Identification guides

Ubick, D., P. Paquin, P.E. Cushing and V. Roth (eds.) 2005. Spiders of North America: an identification manual. . American Arachnological Society.

This beautifully illustrated guide to the spiders of North America, north of Mexico, provides over 1400 illustrations and keys to the genera in 68 spider families. Over 550 genera are included. The manual contains 72 chapters and a wealth of information including an introduction to spider morphology, natural history, collecting techniques and preservation methods; an overview of the current status and most recent developments in spider evolutionary history; a key to the 68 families of spiders found in North America, north of Mexico; keys to the genera in each of these 68 families; an etymological dictionary explaining the derivation of the names of spider genera and families; and a well illustrated glossary. It costs about $55 and can be ordered from or

Jackman, J.A. A Field Guide to Spiders and Scorpions of Texas. Houston, Texas: Gulf Publishing Co., 1997.
This is a nicely illustrated guide to the spiders of Texas. ISBN #0-87719-264-2. It can be special ordered and costs about $19.00.

Kaston, B.J. How to Know the Spiders, 3rd ed. Dubuque, Iowa: W.C. Brown Co., 1978.
This is an excellent key to spider genera for the nonprofessional. It can be ordered through any bookstore and costs about $30.50.

Levi, H.W. and Levi L.R. Spiders and Their Kin. New York: Golden Press, 1990.
This is available through most bookstores that sell field guides. It is one of the best and most reasonably priced field guides to spiders available, costing about $6.00.

Marshall, S.D. Tarantulas and Other Arachnids. Hauppauge, New York: Barron's,1996.
This is a wonderful instructional manual for tarantula owners and breeders. ISBN #0-8120-9315-1. It can be ordered through any bookstore and costs about $7.00.

Spider Story Books, Children's Books, and Fun Picture Guides

Back, C. and B. Watts. Spider's Web. Morristown, New Jersey: Silver Burdett Company, 1984.
A nature book for youngsters about how an orb-weaving spider makes its web. ISBN # 0-382-09303-8.

Climo, S. Someone Saw a Spider. New York: Thomas Y. Crowell, 1985.
A wonderful book of spider facts and folktales! ISBN # 0-690-04435-6.

Hillyard, P. The Book of the Spider: A Compendium of Arachno-Facts and Eight-Legged Lore. New York: Avon Books, 1994.
A book full of fun facts and tales. ISBN # 0-380-73075-8. Cost is about $12.00.

Preston-Mafham, K. Spiders: the New Compact Study Guide and Identifier. Edison, New Jersey: Chartwell Books, Inc.,1998.
A lovely small photo atlas of spectacular spiders from around the world. ISBN # 0-7858-0884-1.



American Arachnological Society (AAS) publishes the Journal of Arachnology. Contact the membership secretary, Dr. Norman Platnick, for more information at: 

Dr. Jeffrey W. Shultz
Department of Entomology
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742 USA
Voice: (301) 405-7519; Fax: (301) 314-9290
e-mail: [email protected]

British Arachnological Society (BAS) publishes the Bulletin of the British Arachnological Society. Contact:
Mr. S. H. Hexter, M.A.
Membership Treasurer, BAS
71 Havant Road
Walthamstow, London, E17 3JE

International Society of Arachnology (ISA) produces an annual catalog listing new arachnological scientific publications and a yearly listing of arachnologists throughout the world. Dues for both AAS, BAS, and ISA can be paid through AAS.

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