Individual personalities shape task differentiation in a social spider.

@article{Grinsted2013IndividualPS,
  title={Individual personalities shape task differentiation in a social spider.},
  author={Lena Grinsted and Jonathan N Pruitt and V Settepani and Trine Bilde},
  journal={Proceedings. Biological sciences},
  year={2013},
  volume={280 1767},
  pages={20131407}
}
Deciphering the mechanisms involved in shaping social structure is key to a deeper understanding of the evolutionary processes leading to sociality. Individual specialization within groups can increase colony efficiency and consequently productivity. Here, we test the hypothesis that within-group variation in individual personalities (i.e. boldness and aggression) can shape task differentiation. The social spider Stegodyphus sarasinorum (Eresidae) showed task differentiation (significant… CONTINUE READING
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