Ecophysiology of Spiders

pp 211-225

Ecological Aspects of Spider Webs

  • Wolfgang NentwigAffiliated withInstitut für Zoologie der Universität
  • , Stefan HeimerAffiliated withMuseum für Tierkunde

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When silk leaves a spider’s silk gland it enters a new sphere, the spider’s environment. Here, silk is used to form various structures such as retreats, snares, cocoons, draglines, etc. Since nearly all interactions between spider and environment are silk-mediated, this substance deserves treatment from the demecological or synecological point of view.