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dc.creatorBarrantes Montero, Gilbert
dc.creatorWeng, Ju Lin
dc.date.accessioned2019-09-10T21:54:54Z
dc.date.available2019-09-10T21:54:54Z
dc.date.issued2007
dc.identifier.issn2050-9936
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10669/79088
dc.description.abstractTheridion evexum constructs webs in the understory of wet middle-elevation forests in Costa Rica. The spiders construct retreats by curling a leaf and produce a mesh in front of the opening. Long, more or less vertical viscid lines extend from the mesh, and are attached to other leaves. The spiders feed on a large variety of prey (e.g. flies, beetles, earwigs, centipedes), indicating that both flying and walking arthropods are trapped in their webs. The wrapping threads have large viscid globules that rapidly disperse on the prey’s surface, forming a thin film. Adult males guard subadult females in their retreats, possibly waiting for them to moult and copulate. As part of courtship, the male places his pedipalps several times on the female’s mouthparts, then one pedipalp on her mouthparts and the other on her epigynum before insertion. Eggs were parasitised by Baeus (Scelionidae) and juveniles and subadults by Zatypota petronae (Ichneumonidae). Eggs were eaten by Argyrodes sp. (Theridiidae), and Solenopsis ants stole prey accumulated in the retreats and attacked spiderlings and older juveniles.en
dc.language.isoen
dc.sourceBritish Arachnological Society 14(2):61-65
dc.titleNatural history, courtship, feeding behaviour and parasites of Theridion evexum (Araneae: Theridiidae)en
dc.typeartículo científicoes_ES
dc.identifier.doi10.13156/arac.2007.14.2.61
dc.description.procedenceUCR::Vicerrectoría de Docencia::Ciencias Básicas::Facultad de Ciencias::Escuela de Biología


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