The function significance of silk decorations of orb-web spiders: a critical review of the empirical evidence.

@article{Herberstein2000TheFS,
  title={The function significance of silk decorations of orb-web spiders: a critical review of the empirical evidence.},
  author={Marie Elisabeth Herberstein and Catherine L. Craig and Jonathan A. Coddington and Mark A Elgar},
  journal={Biological reviews of the Cambridge Philosophical Society},
  year={2000},
  volume={75 4},
  pages={649-69}
}
A number of taxonomically diverse species of araneoid spiders adorn their orb-webs with conspicuous silk structures, called decorations or stabilimenta. The function of these decorations remains controversial and several explanations have been suggested. These include: (1) stabilising and strengthening the web; (2) hiding and concealing the spider from predators; (3) preventing web damage by larger animals, such as birds; (4) increasing foraging success; or (5) providing a sunshield… CONTINUE READING
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