Title
Silk release by copulating **Schizocosa malitiosa** males (Araneae, Lycosidae) : a bridal veil? Silk release by copulating **Schizocosa malitiosa** males (Araneae, Lycosidae) : a bridal veil?
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Sciences. Biology
Publication type
article
Publication
Subject
Biology
Source (journal)
JOURNAL OF ARACHNOLOGY. - -
Volume/pages
36(2008) :1 , p. 204-206
ISSN
0161-8202
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Abstract
We report release of silk threads by males of Schizocosa malitiosa (Tullgren 1905) during copulation. The silk is deposited over the female's front legs and near her mouthparts. Possible functions for this behavior could be inhibiting female aggressiveness through chemicals deposited on the silk, inducing female catalepsy during copulation or repelling other males. We propose future studies manipulating male silk release to test these hypotheses.
E-info
https://repository.uantwerpen.be/docman/iruaauth/9d2a17/19c3324cc92.pdf