Phenotypic variation in the social behaviour of the spider Anelosimus studiosus along a latitudinal gradient

  title={Phenotypic variation in the social behaviour of the spider Anelosimus studiosus along a latitudinal gradient},
  author={Susan E. Riechert and Thomas C. Jones}
We investigated the behavioural mechanism underlying the recently discovered latitudinal variation in the social structure of the spider Anelosimus studiosus through population censuses, behavioural interaction trials, reciprocal nest transplants to different temperature environments and breeding experiments. Nest censuses completed at replicated sites at 2 changes in latitude between south Florida (26 ) and east Tennessee (36 ) indicated that the dominant social structure is a solitary female… CONTINUE READING


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