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The sensitivity of a warm cell to temperature stimulation was examined electrophysiologically on the spider Cupiennius salei. The relationship between sensitivity and structure of the warm cell was assessed by comparing both the electrophysiological and electron-microscopic data with those described for insect cold cells. Stimulation of the spider warm cell(More)
Females of the wandering spider Cupiennius salei attach a sex pheromone to their dragline. Males encountering the female dragline examine the silk thread with their pedipalps and then typically initiate reciprocal vibratory courtship with the sexual partner. The female pheromone was identified as (S)-1,1'-dimethyl citrate. The male pheromone receptive(More)
Extracellular recordings were made from moist cells, dry cells and warm cells in the tip pore sensilla of the spider tarsal organ. Stimulation consisted of a rapid shift from an adapting air stream to another one at different levels of partial pressure of water vapor or of temperature. The moist and the dry cells respond antagonistically to sudden changes(More)
1. The threshold for detecting a change in temperature of a warm receptor in the wandering spider Cupiennius salei was determined by means of its frequency-dependent noise. To accomplish this, the warm receptor was regarded as a linear system consisting of two components, an amplifier (gain of the frequency response) and noise at its input added to the(More)
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