Nephila female gigantism attained through post-maturity molting

@inproceedings{Kuntner2012NephilaFG,
  title={Nephila female gigantism attained through post-maturity molting},
  author={M. Kuntner and S. Zhang and M. Gregori{\vc} and D. Li},
  year={2012}
}
Abstract Nephila are known for the greatest degrees of sexual size dimorphism among orb weaving spiders (Araneoidea) and thus among terrestrial animals. However, a meaningful quantification of the dimorphism is lacking and the proximate developmental mechanisms of female gigantism are poorly understood, being attributed solely to female delayed maturation. Here we show that females in the giant wood spider Nephila pilipes (Fabricius 1793) become giants through facultative post-maturity molting… Expand
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