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The other prey-capture silk: Fibres made by glow-worms (Diptera: Keroplatidae) comprise cross-?-sheet crystallites in an abundant amorphous fraction

Walker, Andrew; Weisman, Sarah; Trueman, Holly E.; Merritt, David; Sutherland, Tara D.


Glow-worms (larvae of dipteran genus Arachnocampa) are restricted to moist habitats where they capture flying prey using snares composed of highly extensible silk fibres and sticky mucus droplets. Little is known about the composition or structure of glow-worm snares, or the extent of possible convergence between glow-worm and arachnid capture silks. We characterised Arachnocampa richardsae silk and mucus using X-ray scattering, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and amino acid analysis....[Show more]

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Date published: 2015
Type: Journal article
Source: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology: Part B:Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
DOI: 10.1016/j.cbpb.2015.05.008


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