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Spider Nutrition: An Integrative Perspective
Abstract Spiders represent a diverse, widespread and abundant group of carnivores. Studying the nutritional ecology of spiders is critical because it can aid in understanding the evolution of preyExpand
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Sexual Size Dimorphism Predicts the Frequency of Sexual Cannibalism Within and Among Species of Spiders
Sexual cannibalism varies widely among spiders, but no general evolutionary hypothesis has emerged to explain its distribution across taxa. Sexual size dimorphism (SSD) also varies widely amongExpand
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Diet quality affects mating behaviour and egg production in a wolf spider
Recent evidence suggests that the quality (i.e. nutritional content) of food can have important effects on life history and behaviour. Yet few studies have considered the role of food quality forExpand
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The Importance of Ecological and Phylogenetic Conditions for the Occurrence and Frequency of Sexual Cannibalism
Sexual cannibalism, the consumption of the male by the female before, during, or after mating, can be a striking example of sexual conflict with potentially large fitness consequences for males andExpand
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Macronutrient content of plant-based food affects growth of a carnivorous arthropod.
Many arthropods engage in mutualisms in which they consume plant-based foods including nectar, extrafloral nectar, and honeydew. However, relatively little is known about the manner in which theExpand
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Recent advances in the integrative nutrition of arthropods.
In this review we highlight recent advances in four areas in which nutrition shapes the relationships between organisms: between plants and herbivores, between hosts and their microbiota, betweenExpand
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Sexual size dimorphism mediates the occurrence of state-dependent sexual cannibalism in a wolf spider
Most research on sexual cannibalism has focused on factors influencing female motivation to engage in cannibalism. However, a critical factor that may mediate the actual occurrence of sexualExpand
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Introduced fire ants can exclude native ants from critical mutualist-provided resources
Animals frequently experience resource imbalances in nature. For ants, one resource that may be particularly valuable for both introduced and native species is high-carbohydrate honeydew fromExpand
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Population dynamics of a generalist rodent in relation to variability in pulsed food resources in a fragmented landscape.
1. Pulsed food resources are often considered equivalent in their potential impact on the reproduction and population dynamics of consumers, but differences in the attributes of food pulses and theirExpand
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Arthropod food webs become increasingly lipid-limited at higher trophic levels.
Understanding why food chains are relatively short in length has been an area of research and debate for decades. We tested if progressive changes in the nutritional content of arthropods withExpand
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