Anti‐predator defences of a web‐building spider, Holocnemus pluchei (Araneae, Pholcidae)

  title={Anti‐predator defences of a web‐building spider, Holocnemus pluchei (Araneae, Pholcidae)},
  author={R. R. Jackson and E. Jakob and M. B. Willey and G. E. Campbell},
  journal={Journal of Zoology},
Anti-predator defence behaviour of Holocnemus pluchei (Araneae, Pholcidae) was studied in the laboratory and the field. Bouncing, in which this web-building spider moves its body rapidly up and down while keeping its legs on the silk, was the most frequent response to disturbance. Less often, H. pluchei left the web when disturbed. Experiments were carried out to determine the types of stimuli that elicited bouncing and leaving the web: tactile stimulation (striking the spider with a brush) and… Expand
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