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Phylogeny of the orb-web building spiders (Araneae, Orbiculariae: Deinopoidea, Araneoidea)
Abstract This phylogenetic analysis of 31 exemplar taxa treats the 12 families of Araneoidea (Anapidae, Araneidae, Cyatholipidae, Linyphiidae, Mysmenidae, Nesticidae, Pimoidae, Symphytognathidae,Expand
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Undersampling bias: the null hypothesis for singleton species in tropical arthropod surveys.
1. Frequency of singletons - species represented by single individuals - is anomalously high in most large tropical arthropod surveys (average, 32%). 2. We sampled 5965 adult spiders of 352 speciesExpand
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Phylogenomic interrogation of arachnida reveals systemic conflicts in phylogenetic signal.
Chelicerata represents one of the oldest groups of arthropods, with a fossil record extending to the Cambrian, and is sister group to the remaining extant arthropods, the mandibulates. Attempts toExpand
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Web-construction Behaviour in Australian Phonognatha and the Phylogeny of Nephiline and Tetragnathid Spiders (Araneae : Tetragnathidae)
Details of web-construction behaviour and morphology support the monophyly of nephiline spiders with Phonognatha as the sister-group to the remaining nephiline genera examined in this study.Expand
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The phylogenetic basis of sexual size dimorphism in orb-weaving spiders (Araneae, Orbiculariae).
Extreme sexual body size dimorphism (SSD), in which males are only a small fraction of the size of the females, occurs only in a few, mostly marine, taxonomic groups. Spiders are the only terrestrialExpand
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Tangled in a sparse spider web: single origin of orb weavers and their spinning work unravelled by denser taxonomic sampling
In order to study the tempo and the mode of spider orb web evolution and diversification, we conducted a phylogenetic analysis using six genetic markers along with a comprehensive taxon sample. TheExpand
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Clade stability and the addition of data: A case study from erigonine spiders (Araneae: Linyphiidae, Erigoninae)
This study presents a new phylogeny of erigonine spiders with emphasis on genera from the Neotropics. Thirty‐nine exemplar taxa representing mostly Neotropical genera were added to a global sample ofExpand
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Speciation on a conveyor belt: sequential colonization of the hawaiian islands by Orsonwelles spiders (Araneae, Linyphiidae).
Spiders of the recently described linyphiid genus Orsonwelles (Araneae, Linyphiidae) are one of the most conspicuous groups of terrestrial arthropods of Hawaiian native forests. There are 13 knownExpand
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A Protocol For Digesting Internal Soft Tissues And Mounting Spiders For Scanning Electron Microscopy
Abstract We describe a simple protocol for digesting the internal soft tissues of spiders using an enzyme complex known as pancreatin. This technique is preferred over digestions with caustic agentsExpand
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Phylogenomic Analysis of Spiders Reveals Nonmonophyly of Orb Weavers
Spiders constitute one of the most successful clades of terrestrial predators. Their extraordinary diversity, paralleled only by some insects and mites, is often attributed to the use of silk, and,Expand
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