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TARANTULAS OF BELIZE
by Steven B. Reichling

Tarantulas of Belize is a comprehensive overview of all species occurring in this beautiful Central American country. It is both a reference book and a field guide which brings together everything currently known about the tarantulas of the region. Chapters cover ecology, habitats, identification (including a key), how to find them, conservation and ethical issues, along with a detailed profile, distribution map, and color photograph for every species. An up-to-date reference that presents the tarantulas in the wild, this book is a must for professionals, hobbyists, and naturalists.

Steven B. Reichling is Curator of Reptiles at the Memphis Zoo, and manages the Zoo's native butterfly exhibit.  Although heavily involved in the captive management of reptiles and amphibians, he also pursues ecological studies in the field, leading him on numerous trips to Central America and the Lesser Antilles.  In addition to being a professional herpetologist, he is intensely interested in tarantulas and has been studying them in Belize for many years.  He received his PhD from the University of Memphis after studying the relationship between maternal care by tarantulas and phenotypic plasticity in the spiderlings.

CONTENTS

PREFACE
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
CHAPTER 1:
A Tarantula Hunter's Diary
CHAPTER 2: Physiography and History
CHAPTER 3: The Tarantula in Context
CHAPTER 4: Why Care About Tarantulas?
CHAPTER 5: Why Worry About Tarantulas?
CHAPTER 6: Tarantula Habitats
CHAPTER 7: The Hidden Life of Belizean Tarantulas
CHAPTER 8: How to Find Tarantulas
CHAPTER 9: Collecting and the Law
CHAPTER 10: How to Identify Belizean Tarantulas

Key to the Tarantulas of Belize
 

CHAPTER 11: Species Accounts
Pygmy Tarantulas
  Pygmy Tarantula, Reichlingia annae
 
Highland Pygmy Tarantula, Reichlingia sp.
Typical Tarantulas
  Mexican Redrump Tarantula, Brachypelma vagans
 
Livingston Tarantula, Citharacanthus livingstoni
 
Cayo Tarantula, Citharacanthus meermani
  Cinnamon Tarantula, Crassicrus lamanai
 
Gutzke's Tarantula, Metriopelma gutzkei
Arboreal Tarantulas
  Maya Tarantula, Psalmopoeus maya
 
Costa Rican Orangemouth Tarantula, Psalmopoeus reduncus
Chapter 12 Extralimital Species
Chapter 13 Beyond Belize
Gazetteer
Bibliography
Glossary

TARANTULAS IN THE VIVARIUM:
Habits, Husbandry, and Breeding
by Peter Klaas

This popular handbook for the captive husbandry and breeding of tarantulas, originally published in the German language, is now available in English. The taxonomy has been updated by the author, Peter Klaas. The text is in two sections. The first is an introductory section discussing tarantula anatomy and life history, the relationships of tarantulas to other arthropods, and general information on vivarium setup and special requirements of tarantulas in captivity. Problems arising in captive care—such as disease and parasites—are discussed, as is the problem of tarantula bites to humans. The second section consists of individual accounts on 40 of the more commonly kept species from around the world. These are illustrated in the book's 123 color photographs. Peculiarities of each of these species are discussed, with special attention to their requirements in captivity. Tarantulas are becoming increasingly popular as vivarium and zoo specimens. This book, based upon the author's extensive personal experience, will become an important reference on the topic, and will add greatly to the small amount of published information about them.

CONTENTS

Editor's Preface to the English Edition
Dedication and Acknowledgments
Foreword
The Natural History and Distribution of Tarantulas
Evolutionary History
Relationships
Evolutionary Tree
The External Anatomy of a Tarantula
Cephalothorax
Extremities
Abdomen
Tactile and Sensory Hairs
Other Orders of Arachnids Important for the Vivarium
Where Do Tarantulas Live?
The Life of a Tarantula
Food
Hunting/Obtaining Food
Feeding/Ingesting Food
Growth
Regeneration of Body Parts
Reproduction
Filling the Bulbs

Courtship and Mating
Oviposition and Brood Protection
Development of the Eggs
Husbandry and Breeding
Vivarium Construction
Materials and Tools
Furnishings
Types of Vivaria
Vivarium for Terrestrial Tarantulas
Vivarium for Subterranean Tarantulas
Vivarium for Arboreal Tarantulas
Diseases and Natural Enemies
Fungal Infections
Bacteria and Viruses
Parasites
Tarantula Wasps
Injuries
Injuries to the Limbs
Injuries to the Chelicerae and Cephalothorax
Husbandry of Tarantulas in the Vivarium
Routine Tasks
Frequent Errors in Tarantula Husbandry

Frequent Errors in Tarantula Husbandry
Correct Feeding
Purchase and Breeding of Food Animals
Correct Handling of Tarantulas
Handling
Packing for Shipment
Breeding Tarantulas
Selection of Breeding Stock
Breeding Groups
Aggression Between Sexes
Introducing a Pair
Incubation of the Egg sac
Obtaining Tarantulas
Prevention of Accidents
The Taming, Training and "Obedience" of Tarantulas
Frequently Kept Tarantula Species
American Species
African Species
Asiatic Species
Bibliography
Photographic Sources
Index

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