Spider book update: Help us pick our species!

We’re writing a spider book! Chris Buddle and Roar will soon present a happy volume packed with eight-legged greatness.

Each chapter will highlight a common species: a plain language and scientific overview of the biology and natural history of common spider species of North America. That’s a big task, because of the hundreds of potential candidate species, we’ll only highlight a dozen or so of the most common.

We need your help: Many of you provided valuable feedback on your favorite spidey friends, and we have already spoken to loads of Arachnologists, but we want to know what’s on everybody’s minds (spiderly speaking). See our chapter candidates and let us know if we missed a North American species SO INCREDIBLE IT MUST BE INCLUDED!

Here are the species we are proposing as “main chapters”:

Argiope aurantia (garden spider, or writing spider)Argiope

Oxyopes salticus (the striped lynx spider)

Oxyopes

Neoscona sp. (orb-weavers)

OrbWeb1OrbWeb2

Misumena vatia (goldenrod crab spider)

Misumena

Dolomedes sp. (fishing or dock spiders)

Dolomedes

Salticus scenicus (zebra jumper)

Zebra

Parasteatoda tepidariorum (American house spider)

HouseSpider

Latrodectus sp. (widow spiders)

Widow

Pardosa sp. (thin-legged wolf spiders)

WolfSpider

Cheiracanthum sp. (ceiling spiders)

CeilingSpider

Agelenopsis sp. (funnel-web spiders)

Agelenopsis

Phidippus audax (bold jumping spider)

Phidippus

Frontinella communis (bowl and doily spider)

Frontinella

Sphodros niger (black purse-web spider)

Sphodrus

And our candidates for sidebars:

Mastophora sp. (bolus spiders)

Scytodes thoracica (spitting spider)

Walckenaeria sp. (money spiders, or micro-sheet web spiders)

Dysdera crocata (wood-louse hunter)

Loxosceles reclusa (brown recluse)

Tetragnatha sp. (long-jawed orb weavers)

Tibellus oblongus

Peckhamia sp. or Synemosyna (ant-mimicking jumping spiders)

Herpyllus ecclesiasticus (Parson’s spider)

Trochosa terricola (wolf spider)

Gasterachantha cancriformis (spiny-backed orb weaver)

Pholcus phalangioides (cellar spider)

 

So… what do you think?

Comment here or email us your thoughts, feelings, or weird spider dreams (only if you really want to)! Your spidersenses are valuable to us!

Thanks!
Yours in spidery greatness,

Chris and Roar

 

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