Individual and species-specific traits explain niche size and functional role in spiders as generalist predators.

@article{Sanders2015IndividualAS,
  title={Individual and species-specific traits explain niche size and functional role in spiders as generalist predators.},
  author={D. Sanders and Esther Vogel and E. Knop},
  journal={The Journal of animal ecology},
  year={2015},
  volume={84 1},
  pages={
          134-42
        }
}
The function of a predator within a community is greatly based on its trophic niche, that is the number and the strength of feeding links. In generalist predators, which feed on a wide range of prey, the size and position of the trophic niche is likely determined by traits such as hunting mode, the stratum they occur in, their body size and age. We used stable isotope analyses ((13)C and (15)N) to measure the trophic niche size of nine spider species within a forest hedge community and tested… Expand
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