From the pages of 'The British Tarantula Society Journal'

Book Review
"An Introduction to the Tarantulas of South East Asia A Study of the Genus Haplopelma"
by Ray Hale.

Guy Tansley

ISBN 0 9530816 05

Price : 10.50 available from
Ray Hale, 3 Shepham Lane Polegate Eats Sussex BN26 6LZ.

This new publication was officially launched at the recent B.T. S. Show and a word of congratulations is sent to its author, Ray Hale. This study was originally, intended to be published through the Research Group but, after three years work, it warranted a separate publication. This book is an ideal introduction into the magnificent tarantulas of South East Asia, concentrating on the genus Haplopelma.

Beginning with a species generic breakdown and progressing through characteristics and distribution (with specific native habitat descriptions). Detailed accounts of Haplopelma spp. in captivity are listed, as are descriptions of successful matings between the most commonly kept Asian terrestrial tarantulas.

Taxonomic descriptions of individual specimens are included accompanied by clear illustrations.

Other topics discussed include defence mechanisms, venom capabilities and ecdysis problems. The inclusion of a colour plate of each of the best known species makes this book a must for any amateur and professional enthusiasts bookshelf. The author makes no grandiose claims but bases his conclusions on fact. This is combined with text written in an enjoyable style, having just the right mixture of scientific terminology and clear, concise information.

A4 spiral bound, 50 pages, coated board covers.

Copyright 'The British Tarantula Society', 1998

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