Summary: Phylogeny accurately predicts behaviour in Indian Ocean
Clitaetra spiders (Araneae : Nephilidae)
and Ingi AgnarssonA,B,C,D
Institute of Biology, Scientific Research Centre, Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts,
Novi trg 2, PO Box 306, SI-1001 Ljubljana, Slovenia.
Department of Entomology, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution,
NHB-105, PO Box 37012, Washington, DC 20013-7012, USA.
Department of Biology and Integrated Bioscience Program, University of Akron,
Akron, OH 44325-3908, USA.
Department of Biology, University of Puerto Rico, PO Box 23360, San Juan, PR 00931-3360, USA.
Corresponding author. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.