Multimodal signals increase active space of communication by wolf spiders in a complex litter environment

  title={Multimodal signals increase active space of communication by wolf spiders in a complex litter environment},
  author={G. Uetz and J. A. Roberts and D. L. Clark and J. S. Gibson and S. Gordon},
  journal={Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology},
  • G. Uetz, J. A. Roberts, +2 authors S. Gordon
  • Published 2013
  • Biology
  • Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology
  • Multimodal signals may compensate for environmental constraints on communication, as signals in different modalities vary in efficacy. We examined the influence of complex microhabitats on transmission of vibratory and visual signals of courting male Schizocosa ocreata wolf spiders (Araneae: Lycosidae) with laser Doppler vibrometry (LDV) and behavioral observations in lab and field. We measured maximum potential detection distance of visual and vibratory signals by females in laboratory… CONTINUE READING
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