The ecological and evolutionary interdependence between web architecture and web silk spun by orb web weaving spiders

@article{Craig1987TheEA,
  title={The ecological and evolutionary interdependence between web architecture and web silk spun by orb web weaving spiders},
  author={C. L. Craig},
  journal={Biological Journal of The Linnean Society},
  year={1987},
  volume={30},
  pages={135-162}
}
  • C. L. Craig
  • Published 1987
  • Biology
  • Biological Journal of The Linnean Society
  • Spider orb webs are dynamic, energy absorbing nets whose ability to intercept prey is dependent on both the mechnical properties of web design and the material properties of web silks. Variation in web designs reflects variation in spider web spinning behaviours and variation in web silks reflects variation in spider metabolic processes. Therefore, natural selection may affect web function (or prey capture) through two independent and alternative pathways. In this paper, I examine the ways in… CONTINUE READING
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