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Cannibalism and kin recognition in Delena cancerides (Araneae: Sparassidae), a social huntsman spider

Beavis, Amber; Rowell, David M; Evans, T

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Social behaviour in spiders is rare: of the 39 000 species of spiders known, only 23 are considered to be cooperatively social. Delena cancerides is a social species of the huntsman spider that is endemic to Australia. This species is virtually unique among social spiders, having evolved social behaviour in the absence of a snare web. It is thought that this form of social behaviour in D. cancerides has evolved via the sub-social route, that is, the extension of an ancestrally occurring period...[Show more]

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Date published: 2007
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/79860
Source: Journal of Zoology
DOI: 10.1111/j.1469-7998.2006.00223.x

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