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Oecologia

, Volume 70, Issue 2, pp 305–308 | Cite as

Previous experience and site tenacity in the orb spider Nephila (Araneae, Araneidae)

  • F. Vollrath
  • A. Houston
Original Papers

Summary

The tenacity of the orb spider Nephila clavipes to a web site was studied in the laboratory. No differences were found between the giving-up-times and the site tenacity of spiders reared in the laboratory or those caught in the field, nor between spiders raised under a poor or a richt diet. The animals left sites at random and seemed to ignore experiences gained at previous sites.

Key words

Spider Nephila Araneae Site tenacity Experience 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • F. Vollrath
    • 1
  • A. Houston
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of ZoologyUniversity of OxfordOxfordUnited Kingdom

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