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Do social spiders cooperate in predator defense and foraging without a web?

Yip, Eric; Rayor, Linda


Nearly all social spiders spin prey-capture webs, and many of the benefits proposed for sociality in spiders, such as cooperative prey capture and reduced silk costs, appear to depend on a mutually shared web. The social huntsman spider, Delena cancerides (Sparassidae), forms colonies under bark with no capture web, yet these spiders remain in tightly associated, long-lasting groups. To investigate how the absence of the web may or may not constrain social evolution in spiders, we observed D....[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2011
Type: Journal article
Source: Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology
DOI: 10.1007/s00265-011-1203-5


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