Spectral reflectance and communication in the wolf spider, Schizocosa ocreata (Hentz): simultaneous crypsis and background contrast in visual signals

@article{Clark2011SpectralRA,
  title={Spectral reflectance and communication in the wolf spider, Schizocosa ocreata (Hentz): simultaneous crypsis and background contrast in visual signals},
  author={D. L. Clark and J. A. Roberts and M. Rector and G. Uetz},
  journal={Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology},
  year={2011},
  volume={65},
  pages={1237-1247}
}
  • D. L. Clark, J. A. Roberts, +1 author G. Uetz
  • Published 2011
  • Biology
  • Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology
  • Animal color patterns often reflect a compromise between natural selection for crypsis or inconspicuousness to predators and sexual selection for conspicuousness to potential mates. In leaf litter-dwelling wolf spider species like Schizocosa ocreata, body coloration often closely matches the background coloration of a generally brown environment. However, body parts used in communication should exhibit high contrast against background coloration. We used spectral analysis to examine male and… CONTINUE READING
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