A Discussion of Spiders of North America: An Identification Manual
This is my first post here at spiders.us, so hello everybody. Let me say first off that I'm really glad that a serious spider forum exists here in the United States, as other countries really have us outdone at the moment!
And speaking of home turf, I just wanted to put it out there how great it is to have a resource like Spiders of North America: An Identification Manual to use. I wrote an in-depth post about what I really like about the manual here, and I wanted to open up the topic and see what everyone else thinks about it.
I think the challenging question is: What's missing? What you would like to see included in the next edition? I can already say eye-arrangements and a more detailed introduction to embolus and epigynum anatomy.
The eye-arrangement I agree with. It is a very important division of classification that even the newest spider lovers or enthusiast should be able to quick reference. As far as the reproductive anatomy, just quick highlights as to male/female differentiation because the most important stuff is usually microscope viewing for species anyway. Most common people won't want to do that much work for id's.