Dynamics of group-living in social spiders
Sociality is relatively rare within the spiders (Arthropoda: Aranae), and its occurence within a taxonomic group that otherwise contains solitary predators is interesting. What factors favour group-living in social spider species? I am interested in evaluating the costs and benefits of grouping in nests of the recently discovered nocturnal spitting spider species, Scytodes socialis. Data collection involved staying awake at night, and collecting behavioural data on spiders. Data was collected in Kirindy Forest, Madagascar. The results of this study are not yet published.
Scientific paper on Scytodes socialis by Jeremy Miller.
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