Eavesdropping and signal matching in visual courtship displays of spiders

  title={Eavesdropping and signal matching in visual courtship displays of spiders},
  author={D. L. Clark and J. A. Roberts and G. Uetz},
  journal={Biology Letters},
  pages={375 - 378}
  • D. L. Clark, J. A. Roberts, G. Uetz
  • Published 2012
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Biology Letters
  • Eavesdropping on communication is widespread among animals, e.g. bystanders observing male–male contests, female mate choice copying and predator detection of prey cues. Some animals also exhibit signal matching, e.g. overlapping of competitors' acoustic signals in aggressive interactions. Fewer studies have examined male eavesdropping on conspecific courtship, although males could increase mating success by attending to others' behaviour and displaying whenever courtship is detected. In this… CONTINUE READING
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