, Volume 15, Issue 3, pp 161-166

Fatty acids mediate aggressive behavior in the spider Tegenaria atrica

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The aggressiveness of the house spider (Tegenaria atrica) has a chemical basis in terms of intra- and interspecific chemical communication. Vibrations are used for longer range detection of intruders on the web territory whereas cuticular lipids mediate shorter range agonistic behaviors. Two cuticular acids were shown to promote aggressive responses from adult spiders, whereas mixtures of cuticular alkanes acted as inhibition signals.