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The functional significance of silk decorations of orb‐web spiders: a critical review of the empirical evidence
A number of taxonomically diverse species of araneoid spiders adorn their orb‐webs with conspicuous silk structures, called decorations or stabilimenta. The function of these decorations remainsExpand
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Spiderwebs and silk : tracing evolution from molecules to genes to phenotypes
Preface 1 Breaking down silk proteins and their evolutionary pathways 2 The comparative architecture of silks, fibrous proteins and their encoding genes in insects and spiders 3. The mechanicalExpand
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INSECT ATTRACTION TO ULTRAVIOLET-REFLECTING SPIDER WEBS AND WEB DECORATIONS'
The foraging performance of any predator is dependent on its ability to locate prey. All spiders produce silks and many locate insects by producing silk traps. We measured the reflective propertiesExpand
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Foraging strategies and feeding regimes: Web and decoration investment in Argiope keyserlingi Karsch (Araneae: Araneidae)
The principal foraging cost for web-building spiders is the amount of silk invested in their webs. Spiders in the genus Argiope additionally decorate their orb webs with conspicuous UVwhite silkExpand
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SIGNAL POLYMORPHISM IN THE WEB-DECORATING SPIDER ARGIOPE ARGENTATA IS CORRELATED WITH REDUCED SURVIVORSHIP AND THE PRESENCE OF STINGLESS BEES, ITS PRIMARY PREY
Abstract Many spiders, and in particular those in the genus Argiope, spin highly visible web decorations whose function and significance are the subject of spirited debate. In this work, we presentExpand
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Selection costs of amino acid substitutions in ColE1 and ColIa gene clusters harbored by Escherichia coli.
The theory of evolution by natural selection asserts that the immense molecular variation retained by organisms is potentially important to their ability to adapt (Lewontin 1974), while the theory ofExpand
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Evolution of arthropod silks.
  • C. L. Craig
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Annual review of entomology
  • 1997
Silks belong to the class of molecules called structural proteins. The ability to produce silk proteins has evolved multiple times in the arthropods, and silk secreting glands have evolved via twoExpand
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Evidence for diet effects on the composition of silk proteins produced by spiders.
Silks are highly expressed, secreted proteins that represent a substantial metabolic cost to the insects and spiders that produce them. Female spiders in the superfamily Araneoidea (the orb-spinningExpand
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The ecological and evolutionary interdependence between web architecture and web silk spun by orb web weaving spiders
Spider orb webs are dynamic, energy absorbing nets whose ability to intercept prey is dependent on both the mechnical properties of web design and the material properties of web silks. Variation inExpand
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The Significance of Spider Size to the Diversification of Spider-Web Architectures and Spider Reproductive Modes
  • C. L. Craig
  • Biology
  • The American Naturalist
  • 1 January 1987
The ability of spiders to withstand long periods of food deprivation and to respond rapidly through reproduction when food is available may be the most important physiological factors influencingExpand
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