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Spider: An R package for the analysis of species identity and evolution, with particular reference to DNA barcoding
Spider: SPecies IDentity and Evolution in R is a new R package implementing a number of useful analyses for DNA barcoding studies and associated research into species delimitation and speciation.…
The effects of preservatives and temperatures on arachnid DNA
Results show that RNAlater® and propylene glycol are significantly better than the other preservatives for high quality DNA preservation and that tissue is best stored at –80°C or –20°C.
Impacts of exotic invertebrates on New Zealand's indigenous species and ecosystems
An overview of known invasions by exotic invertebrates in New Zealand is provided, and in more detail several examples of invasive species, including herbivores, predators, parasitoids, decomposers and other groups in forests, grasslands, and other terrestrial ecosystems are explored.
The spider tree of life: phylogeny of Araneae based on target‐gene analyses from an extensive taxon sampling
- W. Wheeler, J. Coddington, Junxia Zhang
- BiologyCladistics : the international journal of the…
- 1 December 2017
We present a phylogenetic analysis of spiders using a dataset of 932 spider species, representing 115 families (only the family Synaphridae is unrepresented), 700 known genera, and additional…
Experience leads to preference: experienced females prefer brush-legged males in a population of syntopic wolf spiders
It is demonstrated that females from this population of wolf spiders will differentially choose between males of 2 distinct forms based on prior experience, and it is shown that brush-legged males are more sexually aggressive than non-ornamented males.
Spiders of New Zealand: annotated family key and species list.
The invasive Australian redback spider, Latrodectus hasseltii Thorell 1870 (Araneae: Theridiidae): current and potential distributions, and likely impacts
The presence of L. hasseltii in New Zealand and Japan, and its possible spread to other areas, is of human health significance, and the species may also impact on native biodiversity.
An appraisal of simple tree-mounted shelters for non-lethal monitoring of weta (Orthoptera: Anostostomatidae and Rhaphidophoridae) in New Zealand nature reserves
- M. Bowie, S. Hodge, J. Banks, C. Vink
- Environmental ScienceJournal of Insect Conservation
- 1 September 2006
This investigation assessed the usefulness of simple tree-mounted wooden shelters to monitor endemic weta (Orthoptera) in nature reserves in Canterbury, New Zealand and found these shelters are inexpensive and easy to manufacture and have potential for long-term non-lethal monitoring.
The dominance of seismic signaling and selection for signal complexity in Schizocosa multimodal courtship displays
- E. Hebets, C. Vink, L. Sullivan-Beckers, Malcolm F. Rosenthal
- GeologyBehavioral Ecology and Sociobiology
- 17 April 2013
This work investigates the importance of each signaling modality in the courtship display of five Schizocosa wolf spiders by assessing mating success under manipulated signaling environments and tests the hypothesis that selection acts on complexity per se by determining whether seismic and visual signal complexity is correlated across species.
Species status and conservation issues of New Zealand’s endemic Latrodectus spider species (Araneae : Theridiidae)
The species status of the Latrodectus spiders of New Zealand was assessed using molecular and morphological methods and with cross-breeding experiments and it is concluded that L. atritus is a junior synonym of L. katipo.