I acquired two spider books recently, one of them being Spiders of Southern Africa by Astri and John Leroy, the other being Filmers Spiders by Martin R. Filmer revised by Norman Larsen. This review isn't about that book, it's about the former, so let's get it on.
Name: Spiders of Souther Africa
Author/s: Astri and John Leroy
My Rating: 3.5/5
Many people have recommended this book as being a good resource for spider enthuisiasts or merely people who like nature.
I recieved it as a gift, along with the other book. My reason for giving it 3.5 is becuase, in my opinion, it has too much information about how spiders function and their lives and so forth, than actual information about the spiders in our country.
Almost half the book is filled with information about how spiders live, see things, breed et cetera, while there are little over thirty pages with information about the various spider species in SA and surrounds
In some cases the pictures are to dark, and with some species, information is a little lacking.
The redeeming factor for me with this book, is that it inlcudes a Spider Evolution section, and has a Arthropod Chart. I am very interested in the evolution of arachnids and I'm also interested in things like Palpigradi and Ricinuleids.
The book does have some decent pictures though, if you discount those that are to dark to see properly, and some interesting species in it as well. The Spider Behaviour section is actually pretty interesting if you like that sort of thing.
It has a small section regarding the capture and preservation of spiders
All in all, it is not the best Spider book I have ever read, but it isn't the worst either. It's the perfect book for someone who knows little to nothing about spiders, but I wouldn't recommend it to someone who want's to know a lot more about individual species or if they already have a large knowledge of spiders and such. I much prefer Filmers Spiders but that is a review for another day.
P.S. This is my first book review so please bare with me, I should get better as I do it more.
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