Evolution and ecology of spider coloration.

@article{Oxford1998EvolutionAE,
  title={Evolution and ecology of spider coloration.},
  author={Geoff S. Oxford and Rosemary G. Gillespie},
  journal={Annual review of entomology},
  year={1998},
  volume={43},
  pages={
          619-43
        }
}
Genetic color variation provides a tangible link between the external phenotype of an organism and its underlying genetic determination and thus furnishes a tractable system with which to explore fundamental evolutionary phenomena. Here we examine the basis of color variation in spiders and its evolutionary and ecological implications. Reversible color changes, resulting from several mechanisms, are surprisingly widespread in the group and must be distinguished from true genetic variation for… 

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