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Reconstructing web evolution and spider diversification in the molecular era

Summary: Reconstructing web evolution and spider
diversification in the molecular era
Todd A. Blackledgea,1
, Nikolaj Scharffb
, Jonathan A. Coddingtonc
, Tamas Szu¨ tsb
, John W. Wenzeld
, Cheryl Y. Hayashie
and Ingi Agnarssona,f
aDepartment of Biology and Integrated Bioscience Program, University of Akron, Akron, OH 44325-3908; bZoological Museum, University of Copenhagen,
Department of Entomology, Universitetsparken 15, DK-2100 Copenhagen, Denmark; cDepartment of Entomology, NHB 105, National Museum of Natural
History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC 20013-7012; dDepartment of Entomology, 1315 Kinnear Road, Ohio State University, Columbus,
OH 43212; eDepartment of Biology, University of California, Riverside, CA 92521; and fDepartment of Biology, University of Puerto Rico,
P.O. Box 23360, San Juan, Puerto Rico 00931-3360
Communicated by Thomas W. Schoener, University of California, Davis, CA, February 9, 2009 (received for review October 6, 2008)
The evolutionary diversification of spiders is attributed to spec-
tacular innovations in silk. Spiders are unique in synthesizing many
different kinds of silk, and using silk for a variety of ecological
functions throughout their lives, particularly to make prey-


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


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