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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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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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Female praying mantids use sexual cannibalism as a foraging strategy to increase fecundity
Several hypotheses have been proposed to explain the evolution of sexual cannibalism. The foraging strategy hypothesis states that sexual cannibalism may arise as an adaptive foraging strategy,Expand
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Asymmetry in spider orb webs: a result of physical constraints?
A typical feature of most vertical orb webs is that the upper web region is smaller and contains less silk than the lower web region, creating an asymmetrical web. The degree of web asymmetry changesExpand
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An Integrative Framework for the Appraisal of Coloration in Nature
The world in color presents a dazzling dimension of phenotypic variation. Biological interest in this variation has burgeoned, due to both increased means for quantifying spectral information andExpand
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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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Colouration in crab spiders: substrate choice and prey attraction
SUMMARY Australian crab spiders Thomisus spectabilis ambush pollinating insects, such as honeybees (Apis mellifera) on flowers, and can change their body colour between yellow and white. It isExpand
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Female control of paternity in the sexually cannibalistic spider Argiope keyserlingi
Sexual conflict theory predicts an antagonistic coevolution, with each sex evolving adaptations and counter–adaptations to overcome a temporary dominance of the other sex over the control ofExpand
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Risky mate search and mate preference in the golden orb-web spider (Nephila plumipes)
Mate searching is a risky behavior that decreases survival by increasing predation risk and the risk of energy depletion. However, few studies have quantified actual mortality during mate search,Expand
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Spider signals: are web decorations visible to birds and bees?
We are becoming increasingly aware of animal communication outside the range of human sensitivity. Web decorations are silk structures used by orb-web spiders to deceive prey and predators. However,Expand
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