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The mystery of how spiders extract food without masticating prey
Standard accounts of how spiders obtain food without masticating their prey are probably largely wrong. Species in the families Uloboridae, Thomisidae, Araneidae and Theridiidae do not inject digestive fluid into the prey’s ...
Cues guiding uloborid construction behavior support orb web monophyly
Behavior can provide useful traits for testing phylogenetic hypotheses, and some details of orb web construction behavior have been especially useful in characterizing higher-level groups in spiders. The cues used to guide ...
Feeding by Philoponella vicina (Araneae, Uloboridae) and how uloborid spiders lost their venom glands
Feeding by uloborid spiders is unusual in several respects: cheliceral venom glands are absent; prey wrapping is extensive (up to several hundred metres of silk line) and severely compresses the prey; the spider’s mouthparts ...
Extreme Behavioral Adjustments by an Orb‐Web Spider to Restricted Spaces
Adaptive flexibility in response to environmental variation is often advantageous and occurs in many types of traits in many species. Although the basic designs of the orb webs of a given species are relatively uniform, ...
Ontogeny repeats phylogeny in Steatoda and Latrodectus spiders
Web designs of young spiders are often less derived than those of older conspecific individuals. This study tested whether this ‘‘ontogeny repeats phylogeny’’ pattern occurs in two species of Latrodectus and two species ...
Egg sac construction by folding dead leaves in Pozonia nigroventris and Micrathena sp. (Araneae: Araneidae)
Published descriptions of egg sac construction behavior in araneids are scarce. We describe egg sac construction and oviposition in one individual of the poorly known araneid Pozonia nigroventris (Bryant 1936) and two ...