By Richard A. Bradley, Steve Buchanan
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I thank Joe Warfel for congenial companionship in the field and his expert advice on photography. I thank Bill Hickman for his hard work and enthusiasm on a variety of spider projects over the years, but particularly for his constant sunny disposition. I thank the following curators for sharing their expertise as well as providing access to specimens under their care: Jon Coddington (United States National Museum), Rod Crawford (University of Washington Burke Museum), Paula Cushing (Denver Museum of Nature and Science), Allen Dean (Texas A&M University Insect Collection), G.
The purpose of this volume is to foster an appreciation of spiders. Familiarity with these small predators will enrich your life and open a door to a miniature world of wonder. This book could never have been completed without assistance from many people. I thank Bruce Leech and Susan Ward for many years of their help navigating the spider literature. I thank Lynda Behan and Robin Taylor for their patient help with editing and revision. Their advice and suggestions substantially improved the work.
Edwards (Florida Collection of Arthropods), Charles Griswold (California Academy of Sciences Entomology), Janet Kempf (National History Museum of Los Angeles County), Hans Klompen (Ohio State Acarology Laboratory), Laura Leibensperger and Herbert Levi (both at Museum of Comparative Zoology), and Pat Miller (Mississippi Entomological Musuem). I am indebted to the American Arachnological Society for their encouragement and financial support — especially to Paula Cushing, who was instrumental in promoting this project during her tenure as president.