Fecundity increase supports adaptive radiation hypothesis in spider web evolution

@article{Blackledge2009FecundityIS,
  title={Fecundity increase supports adaptive radiation hypothesis in spider web evolution},
  author={Todd A. Blackledge and Jonathan A. Coddington and Ingi Agnarsson},
  journal={Communicative \& Integrative Biology},
  year={2009},
  volume={2},
  pages={459 - 463 - 5234}
}
Identifying the mechanisms driving adaptive radiations is key to explaining the diversity of life. The extreme reliance of spiders upon silk for survival provides an exceptional system in which to link patterns of diversification to adaptive changes in silk use. Most of the world’s 41,000 species of spiders belong to two apical lineages of spiders that exhibit quite different silk ecologies, distinct from their ancestors. Orb spiders spin highly stereotyped webs that are suspended in air and… 
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