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Does silk mediate chemical communication between the sexes in a nuptial feeding spider?

Beyer, Michelle ; Czaczkes, Tomer Joseph ; Tuni, Cristina


Chemical signals play a crucial role in reproduction as a means for locating mates and/or gaining information about their quality, ultimately affecting mating system dynamics and mate choice. In spiders, one of the potential sources of chemical signalling is silk. However, while female silk is known to attract mates and/or elicit courtship, due to sex-specific roles in mate searching, male ...


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