Nuptial gifts and sexual behavior in two species of spider (Araneae, Trechaleidae, Paratrechalea)

@article{CostaSchmidt2008NuptialGA,
  title={Nuptial gifts and sexual behavior in two species of spider (Araneae, Trechaleidae, Paratrechalea)},
  author={L. E. Costa-Schmidt and James E. Carico and A. M. Ara{\'u}jo},
  journal={Naturwissenschaften},
  year={2008},
  volume={95},
  pages={731-739}
}
Male delivering of a prey packed in silk as a nuptial gift is rare in spiders and restricted until now to Pisauridae. Here, we describe this behavioral pattern found in two Trechaleidae species, Paratrechalea azul Carico 2005, and Paratrechalea ornata (Mello-Leitão 1943), mainly based on field observations. We observed the following steps of sexual behavior: sperm induction, nuptial gift construction, mate searching, pre-copulatory courtship, copulation, and copulatory ending. In this group, a… Expand
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