The Role of Behavior in the Evolution of Spiders, Silks, and Webs

@article{Vollrath2007TheRO,
  title={The Role of Behavior in the Evolution of Spiders, Silks, and Webs},
  author={Fritz Vollrath and Paul A Selden},
  journal={Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics},
  year={2007},
  volume={38},
  pages={819-846}
}
  • Fritz Vollrath, Paul A Selden
  • Published 2007
  • Biology
  • Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics
  • Spiders’ silks and webs have made it possible for this diverse taxon to occupy a unique niche as the main predator for another, even more diverse taxon, the insects. Indeed, it might well be that the spiders, which are older, were a major force driving the insects into their diversity in a coevolutionary arms race. The spiders’ weapons were their silks and here we explore the evidence for the evolution of silk production and web building as traits in spider phylogeny. 

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