A review of the mechanisms and functional roles of male silk use in spider courtship and mating

  title={A review of the mechanisms and functional roles of male silk use in spider courtship and mating},
  author={Catherine E. Scott and Alissa G. Anderson and Maydianne C. B. Andrade},
  journal={The Journal of Arachnology},
  pages={173 - 206}
Abstract Spiders are well known for using chemical, vibratory, tactile, and visual signals within mating contexts. All spiders produce silk, and even in non-web building spiders, silk is intimately tied to courtship and mating. Silk produced by females provides a transmission channel for male vibratory courtship signals, while webs and draglines provide a substrate for female sex pheromones. Observations of male spiders producing silk during sexual interactions are also common across… 
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