Non-webbuilding spiders: prey specialists or generalists?
- Wolfgang Nentwig
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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.
- Non-webbuilding spiders: prey specialists or generalists?
Volume 69, Issue 4 , pp 571-576
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- Wolfgang Nentwig (1)
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- 1. Institut für Zoologie der Universität, Universitätsstr. 31, D-8400, Regensburg, Germany