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The Circulatory System of Spiders

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The spider circulatory system is a structurally complex and elaborately regulated system with a broad range of functionalities. Apart from its well-known role in metabolism and, plesiomorphically at least, in oxygen distribution, its main functions are hydraulic. This article reviews the state of knowledge on both the evolutionary and functional morphological levels.

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Wirkner, C.S., Huckstorf, K. (2013). The Circulatory System of Spiders. In: Nentwig, W. (eds) Spider Ecophysiology. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-33989-9_2

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