Mate guarding, competition and variation in size in male orb-web spiders, Metellina segmentata: a field experiment

@article{Prenter2003MateGC,
  title={Mate guarding, competition and variation in size in male orb-web spiders, Metellina segmentata: a field experiment},
  author={John Prenter and R. Elwood and I. Montgomery},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
  year={2003},
  volume={66},
  pages={1053-1058}
}
  • John Prenter, R. Elwood, I. Montgomery
  • Published 2003
  • Biology
  • Animal Behaviour
  • Abstract In the common orb-web spider Metellina segmentata, males are more powerfully built with longer legs, although females are heavier because of their egg load. Males guard females before attempting to mate, and there is considerable male–male competition because of the male-biased operational sex ratio. We used a field removal experiment to examine (1) seasonal changes in the average morphology of guarding males and (2) whether there is a pool of small males that is excluded from the webs… CONTINUE READING
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