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Cupiennius salei and Achaearanea tepidariorum: spider models for
 

Summary: Cupiennius salei and Achaearanea
tepidariorum: spider models for
investigating evolution and
development
Alistair P. McGregor,1
* Maarten Hilbrant,1
Matthias Pechmann,1,2
Evelyn E. Schwager,1
Nikola-Michael Prpic,2
and Wim G.M. Damen1
Summary
The spiders Cupiennius salei and Achaearanea tepi-
dariorum are firmly established laboratory models that
have already contributed greatly to answering evolu-
tionary developmental questions. Here we appraise why
these animals are such useful models from phylogeny,
natural history and embryogenesis to the tools available
for their manipulation. We then review recent studies of
axis formation, segmentation, appendage development
and neurogenesis in these spiders and how this has

  

Source: Alwes, Frederike - Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University

 

Collections: Biology and Medicine