Male adaptations to minimize sexual cannibalism during reproduction in the funnel‐web spider Hololena curta

@article{Xiao2015MaleAT,
  title={Male adaptations to minimize sexual cannibalism during reproduction in the funnel‐web spider Hololena curta},
  author={Yong-Hong Xiao and Alenka Žuni{\vc}-Kosi and L. Zhang and T. Prentice and J. Mcelfresh and Satya Chinta and Yunfan Zou and J. Millar},
  journal={Insect Science},
  year={2015},
  volume={22}
}
Males of many spider species risk being attacked and cannibalized while searching for, courting, and mating with conspecific females. However, there are exceptions. We show that the funnel‐web spider, Hololena curta, has 3 adaptations that minimize risk to males during courtship and mating, and enhance reproductive success. First, males detected chemical or tactile signals associated with webs of virgin females, and differentiated them from webs of mated females, enabling males to increase… Expand
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