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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.Expand
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Experience leads to preference: experienced females prefer brush-legged males in a population of syntopic wolf spiders
Sexual selection has long been recognized as a potential contributor to the divergence in reproductive characters that ultimately leads to speciation. Schizocosa ocreata and Schizocosa rovneri wolfExpand
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The effects of preservatives and temperatures on arachnid DNA
We tested the effects of different preservatives and temperatures on the yield of spider and scorpion DNA useable for PCR amplification. Our experiment was designed to simulate conditions in theExpand
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Impacts of exotic invertebrates on New Zealand's indigenous species and ecosystems
Biological invasions have significantly affected New Zealand's native species and ecosystems. Most prominent are the effects of exotic mammals and plants, whereas few invertebrate invasions are knownExpand
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The spider tree of life: phylogeny of Araneae based on target‐gene analyses from an extensive taxon sampling
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 additionalExpand
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The invasive Australian redback spider, Latrodectus hasseltii Thorell 1870 (Araneae: Theridiidae): current and potential distributions, and likely impacts
Populations of the Australian redback spider, Latrodectus hasseltii Thorell 1870, were first recorded in New Zealand in the early 1980s and in Osaka, Japan in 1995. Reliable records suggest thatExpand
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Species status and conservation issues of New Zealand’s endemic Latrodectus spider species (Araneae : Theridiidae)
New Zealand has two endemic widow spiders, Latrodectus katipo Powell, 1871 and L. atritus Urquhart, 1890. Both species face many conservation threats and are actively managed. The species status ofExpand
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An appraisal of simple tree-mounted shelters for non-lethal monitoring of weta (Orthoptera: Anostostomatidae and Rhaphidophoridae) in New Zealand nature reserves
When monitoring rare insect species, or when surveying faunas within nature reserves, it is desirable not to use indiscriminate lethal sampling techniques. In this investigation we assessed theExpand
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