Behaviour and Ecology of Spiders

Contributions from the Neotropical Region

  • Carmen Viera
  • Marcelo O. Gonzaga

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Adalberto J. Santos, Antonio D. Brescovit, Márcia de Oliveira-Tomasi, Philip Russo, Ubirajara Oliveira
    Pages 1-28
  3. Fernando Pérez-Miles, Carlos Perafán
    Pages 29-54
  4. Antonio D. Brescovit, Oscar Francke, Álvaro Laborda, Griselda Montiel Parra, Cristina Scioscia, Miguel Simó et al.
    Pages 55-84
  5. Dinesh Rao
    Pages 85-108
  6. Leticia Bidegaray-Batista, Miquel Arnedo, Ana Carlozzi, Carolina Jorge, Patricio Pliscoff, Rodrigo Postiglioni et al.
    Pages 109-135
  7. Sean J. Blamires, Shichang Zhang, I-Min Tso
    Pages 137-164
  8. João Vasconcellos-Neto, Yuri Fanchini Messas, Hebert da Silva Souza, German Antonio Villanueva-Bonila, Gustavo Quevedo Romero
    Pages 165-214
  9. Kleber Del-Claro, Vanessa Stefani, Larissa Nahas, Helena Maura Torezan-Silingardi
    Pages 215-226
  10. Rodrigo H. Willemart, Mariángeles Lacava
    Pages 227-245
  11. Stano Pekár, Luis Fernando García, Carmen Viera
    Pages 247-274
  12. Marco Antonio Benamú, Mariángeles Lacava, Luis Fernando García, Martín Santana, Carmen Viera
    Pages 275-302
  13. Luiz Ernesto Costa-Schmidt, María José Albo, Fedra Bollatti, Franco Cargnelutti, Lucía Calbacho-Rosa, Sofía Copperi et al.
    Pages 303-350
  14. Carmen Viera, Ingi Agnarsson
    Pages 351-381
  15. Hilton F. Japyassú
    Pages 383-396
  16. Felipe M. Gawryszewski
    Pages 397-415
  17. Marcelo O. Gonzaga, Thiago G. Kloss, Jober F. Sobczak
    Pages 417-437

About this book


Within the last few decades, arachnology in the Neotropical region has experienced a great development filling the knowledge gap in one of the most diverse regions of the world. Nevertheless, large geographical areas remain poorly sampled, especially within the Amazon, and new genera and species have been continuously discovered, even in urban areas. In congruence with the recent improvements in research, several aspects of the ecology, behaviour and natural history of spiders, such as interactions with other predators and parasitoids, social interactions, dispersal patterns, habitat requirements, mating behaviors, among others, are being carefully investigated. These recent contributions incorporate substantial information on the preexisting knowledge on these subjects every year. Our main objective with this book is to present a summary on these new researches and on the currently knowledge on the main subjects involved in the general theme, emphasizing the contribution of the rich fauna of the Neotropical region to the research of behaviour and ecology of the spiders. 


Spider behaviour Neotropical spiders Habitat selection in spiders Sociality in spiders Behavioural plasticity Foraging strategies in spiders Trophic specialization Tri-trophic specialization Spider webs Sexual selection in spiders Biogeography of spiders

Editors and affiliations

  • Carmen Viera
    • 1
  • Marcelo O. Gonzaga
    • 2
  1. 1.Entomología, Biología Animal, Facultad de CienciasUniversidad de la RepúblicaMontevideoUruguay
  2. 2.Universidade Federal de Uberlândia Biology InstituteUberlândiaBrazil

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