Mosquito-specialist spiders

  title={Mosquito-specialist spiders},
  author={F. Cross and R. Jackson},
  journal={Current Biology},
  • F. Cross, R. Jackson
  • Published 2010
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Current Biology
  • What does ‘mosquito specialist’ mean? A mosquito specialist is a predator that actively prefers mosquitoes, by which we mean that it is differentially motivated to capture mosquitoes among possible prey. This would make it extraordinarily useful, as it would be targeting an insect that matters to people. At best, the mosquito is a nuisance and, at worst, it is a notorious disease vector. There may be many predators that eat a lot of mosquitoes, but experimental evidence is needed to show that a… CONTINUE READING
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