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Phylogeny accurately predicts behaviour in Indian Ocean Clitaetra spiders (Araneae : Nephilidae)
 

Summary: Phylogeny accurately predicts behaviour in Indian Ocean
Clitaetra spiders (Araneae : Nephilidae)
Matjaz KuntnerA,B,E
and Ingi AgnarssonA,B,C,D
A
Institute of Biology, Scientific Research Centre, Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts,
Novi trg 2, PO Box 306, SI-1001 Ljubljana, Slovenia.
B
Department of Entomology, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution,
NHB-105, PO Box 37012, Washington, DC 20013-7012, USA.
C
Department of Biology and Integrated Bioscience Program, University of Akron,
Akron, OH 44325-3908, USA.
D
Department of Biology, University of Puerto Rico, PO Box 23360, San Juan, PR 00931-3360, USA.
E
Corresponding author. Email: kuntner@gmail.com
Abstract. Phylogenies are underutilised, powerful predictors of traits in unstudied species. We tested phylogenetic
predictions of web-related behaviour in Clitaetra Simon, 1889, an Afro-Indian spider genus of the family Nephilidae.
Clitaetra is phylogenetically sister to all other nephilids and thus important for understanding ancestral traits.

  

Source: Agnarsson, Ingi - Department of Biology, Universidad de Puerto Rico

 

Collections: Biology and Medicine