Sexually selected UV signals in the tropical ornate jumping spider, Cosmophasis umbratica may incur costs from predation

@inproceedings{Bulbert2015SexuallySU,
  title={Sexually selected UV signals in the tropical ornate jumping spider, Cosmophasis umbratica may incur costs from predation},
  author={Matthew W. Bulbert and James C O'Hanlon and Shane Zappettini and Shichang Zhang and Daiqin Li},
  booktitle={Ecology and evolution},
  year={2015}
}
Sexually selected ornaments and signals are costly to maintain if they are maladaptive in nonreproductive contexts. The jumping spider Cosmophasis umbratica exhibits distinct sexual dichromatism with males displaying elaborate UV body markings that signal male quality. Female C. umbratica respond favorably to UV-reflecting males and ignore males that have their UV masked. However, Portia labiata, a UV-sensitive spider-eating specialist and a natural predator of C. umbratica, is known to use UV… CONTINUE READING
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