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Spider WebsBehavior, Function, and Evolution$
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William Eberhard

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780226534602

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226534749.001.0001

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The Building Behavior of Non-Orb Weavers

The Building Behavior of Non-Orb Weavers

(p.241) 5 The Building Behavior of Non-Orb Weavers
Spider Webs

William Eberhard

University of Chicago Press

Although a substantial amount of information has now accumulated on the designs of the webs of non-orb weaving spiders, only scattered fragments their web construction behavior have been observed. Tables within this chapter are the first summaries ever compiled, and represent reasonably exhaustive summaries of current knowledge of certain details. There is not a single thorough detailed description of the construction behavior from start to finish, even for such common non-orb designs such as funnel webs, aerial linyphiid sheets, or tangles. Experimental manipulations that could elucidate the cues that guide their behavior are still completely lacking. The reason for this neglect is probably related to the slow pace of web construction in the many species in which web construction usually lasts several nights, to the readiness of some species to interrupt construction for long periods with even a tiny disturbance (e.g. Tretzel 1961, Szlep 1965; Eberhard 1977a; Lopardo et al. 2004), and, probably most importantly, to the difficulty of understanding and describing behavior that has only a low degree of stereotypy and that often involves movements in three dimensions.

Keywords:   non-sticky lines precede sticky lines, sticky lines, webs, web function, web construction, skeletons of non-sticky lines early

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