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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
The Form and Function of Spider Orb Webs: Evolution from Silk to Ecosystems
Spiders are the preeminent silk craftsmen among arthropods and are best known for producing aerial orb webs that snare flying insects. Orb web spiders are ubiquitous predators in terrestrialExpand
Bioprospecting Finds the Toughest Biological Material: Extraordinary Silk from a Giant Riverine Orb Spider
Background Combining high strength and elasticity, spider silks are exceptionally tough, i.e., able to absorb massive kinetic energy before breaking. Spider silk is therefore a model polymer forExpand
Phylogeny of extant nephilid orb‐weaving spiders (Araneae, Nephilidae): testing morphological and ethological homologies
The Pantropical spider clade Nephilidae is famous for its extreme sexual size dimorphism, for constructing the largest orb‐webs known, and for unusual sexual behaviors, which include emasculation andExpand
A revision of Herennia (Araneae : Nephilidae : Nephilinae), the Australasian 'coin spiders'
The nephilid ‘coin spiders’ (Herennia Thorell) are known for their arboricolous ladder webs, extreme sexual size dimorphism and peculiar sexual biology. This paper revises Herennia taxonomy,Expand
Phylogenetic systematics of the Gondwanan nephilid spider lineage Clitaetrinae (Araneae, Nephilidae)
This study revises the taxonomy, biology, phylogeny, and biogeography of the basal‐most nephilid spider lineage, the Clitaetrinae, with the least known nephilid genus Clitaetra. The five previouslyExpand
DNA barcoding gap: reliable species identification over morphological and geographical scales
The philosophical basis and utility of DNA barcoding have been a subject of numerous debates. While most literature embraces it, some studies continue to question its use in dipterans, butterfliesExpand
Dogs, cats, and kin: a molecular species-level phylogeny of Carnivora.
Phylogenies underpin comparative biology as high-utility tools to test evolutionary and biogeographic hypotheses, inform on conservation strategies, and reveal the age and evolutionary histories ofExpand
The Nephila clavipes genome highlights the diversity of spider silk genes and their complex expression
Spider silks are the toughest known biological materials, yet are lightweight and virtually invisible to the human immune system, and they thus have revolutionary potential for medicine and industry.Expand
A molecular phylogeny of nephilid spiders: evolutionary history of a model lineage.
The pantropical orb web spider family Nephilidae is known for the most extreme sexual size dimorphism among terrestrial animals. Numerous studies have made Nephilidae, particularly Nephila, a modelExpand