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Gone with the plate: the opening of the Western Mediterranean basin drove the diversification of ground-dweller spiders
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This study provides the first unequivocal evidence of terrestrial endemic fauna of the major western Mediterranean islands, whose origin can be traced back to the Oligocene separation of these islands from the continent.
Tangled in a sparse spider web: single origin of orb weavers and their spinning work unravelled by denser taxonomic sampling
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The present analyses are the first to recover the monophyly of orb-weaving spiders based solely on DNA sequence data and an extensive taxon sample, and present the first dated orb weaver phylogeny.
Speciation on a conveyor belt: sequential colonization of the hawaiian islands by Orsonwelles spiders (Araneae, Linyphiidae).
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The results suggest that the oldest divergences of Orsonwelles spiders (on Kauai) go back about 4 million years, and the monophyly of the genus Orson welles is strongly supported.
Higher‐level phylogenetics of linyphiid spiders (Araneae, Linyphiidae) based on morphological and molecular evidence
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Almost all combined analyses agree on the monophyly of linyphioids, Pimoidae, Linyphiidae, Erigoninae, Mynogleninee, as well as Stemonyphantes as a basal lineage within L Tinyphiidae.
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 additional
Rounding up the usual suspects: a standard target‐gene approach for resolving the interfamilial phylogenetic relationships of ecribellate orb‐weaving spiders with a new family‐rank classification
TLDR
The orb‐web is ancient, having evolved by the early Jurassic; a single origin of the orb with multiple “losses” is implied by the analyses, and the resulting phylogenetic framework is used to study web evolution in araneoids.
Evolution of Chemosensory Gene Families in Arthropods: Insight from the First Inclusive Comparative Transcriptome Analysis across Spider Appendages
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A specialization of the chemosensory gene repertoire across the body of D. silvatica is uncovered, suggesting that some IRs likely mediate olfactory signaling in chelicerates, and several ionotropic and gustatory receptor family members exclusively or differentially expressed across transcriptomes are identified.
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