The role of prey size and abundance in the geographical distribution of spider sociality.

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1. Social species in the spider genus Anelosimus predominate in lowland tropical rainforests, while congeneric subsocial species occur at higher elevations or higher latitudes. 2. We conducted a comparative study to determine whether differences in total biomass, insect size or both have been responsible for this pattern. 3. We found that larger average… (More)

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