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From issue:   Issue:   British Wildlife 30.6 August 2019

The Purseweb Spider: a very British tarantula

By - Richard Burkmar, Richard Price

The Purseweb Spider is unique among British species in belonging to the infraorder Mygalomorphae, the same that includes the tarantulas and trapdoor spiders, among others. This spider has been comparatively well studied, which has allowed a fairly in-depth understanding of its remarkable life history. In this article, Richard Burkmar and Richard Price provide an introduction to the biology of the Purseweb Spider, and explain why there is reason to be concerned about the population trends of this fascinating species.

Although spiders feature significantly in our national culture and folklore, few of Britain’s or Ireland’s species have attained an individual identity in the eyes of the public. When that accolade is bestowed, it is often for all the wrong reasons – as the recent, unwarranted infamy of the Noble False Widow Steatoda nobilis attests.

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"British Wildlife is the pulsating heart of the UK nature conservation movement."

Matthew Oates, National Trust

"The most important and informative publication on wildlife of our times"

Michael McCarthy, The Independent

"Packed with readable, thoughtful, up to date articles; written by ecologists and naturalists for ecologists and naturalists"

Nick Baker, Presenter and Naturalist