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.
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
How to Identify Belizean Tarantulas
Key to the Tarantulas of Belize
CHAPTER 11: Species Accounts
Pygmy Tarantula, Reichlingia annae
Highland Pygmy Tarantula, Reichlingia sp.
Mexican Redrump Tarantula, Brachypelma vagans
Livingston Tarantula, Citharacanthus livingstoni
Cayo Tarantula, Citharacanthus meermani
Cinnamon Tarantula, Crassicrus lamanai
Gutzke's Tarantula, Metriopelma gutzkei
Maya Tarantula, Psalmopoeus maya
Costa Rican Orangemouth Tarantula, Psalmopoeus reduncus
Chapter 12 Extralimital Species
Chapter 13 Beyond Belize