Stabilizing selection maintains exuberant colour polymorphism in the spider Theridion californicum (Araneae, Theridiidae)

@article{Croucher2011StabilizingSM,
  title={Stabilizing selection maintains exuberant colour polymorphism in the spider Theridion californicum (Araneae, Theridiidae)},
  author={Peter J. P. Croucher and Geoff S. Oxford and Athena Wai Lam and Rosemary G. Gillespie},
  journal={Molecular Ecology},
  year={2011},
  volume={20}
}
Genetically controlled colour polymorphisms provide a physical manifestation of the operation of selection and how this can vary according to the spatial or temporal arrangement of phenotypes, or their frequency in a population. Here, we examine the role of selection in shaping the exuberant colour polymorphism exhibited by the spider Theridion californicum. This species is part of a system in which several distantly related spiders in the same lineage, but living in very different geographical… 

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