Sexual selection research on spiders: progress and biases

@article{Huber2005SexualSR,
  title={Sexual selection research on spiders: progress and biases},
  author={Bernhard A. Huber},
  journal={Biological Reviews},
  year={2005},
  volume={80}
}
  • B. Huber
  • Published 1 August 2005
  • Biology
  • Biological Reviews
The renaissance of interest in sexual selection during the last decades has fuelled an extraordinary increase of scientific papers on the subject in spiders. Research has focused both on the process of sexual selection itself, for example on the signals and various modalities involved, and on the patterns, that is the outcome of mate choice and competition depending on certain parameters. Sexual selection has most clearly been demonstrated in cases involving visual and acoustical signals but… 
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