, Volume 69, Issue 4, pp 571–576

Non-webbuilding spiders: prey specialists or generalists?

  • Wolfgang Nentwig
Original Papers

DOI: 10.1007/BF00410365

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Nentwig, W. Oecologia (1986) 69: 571. doi:10.1007/BF00410365


Feeding experiments were performed with seven species of non-webbuilding spiders and a variety of prey taxa. Some species were generally polyphagous whereas other spiders restricted their prey to a few groups. At one end of the spectrum of prey specialization the thomisid Misumena vatia is limited to a few taxa of possible prey (Table 1). The literature of prey records of non-webbuilding spiders is reviewed (Table 2) with special emphasis on oligophagous or monophagous spiders. Monophagous spiders are generally rare and have specialized on only a few prey taxa: social insects (ants, bees, termites) and spiders.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Wolfgang Nentwig
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  1. 1.Institut für Zoologie der UniversitätRegensburgGermany