Does mesh height influence prey length in orb-web spiders (Araneae)?

Marie Elisabeth Herberstein*, Astrid M. Heiling

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The relationship between web design and prey capture in orb-web spiders was examined by correlating the mean mesh height with the mean prey length per species taken from existing literature (15 species) and new data (Larinioides sclopetarius and Argiope keyserlingi). Pooling the data from all species, the results revealed no significant relationship. Analysing the data from L. sclopetarius and A. keserlingi separately, no overall significant relationship was found. However, the analyses of the separate observation days showed that mesh height correlated significantly with prey length on one of the five observation days for A. keyserlingi, but not for L. sclopetarius. Consequently, the spacing of the sticky spiral in the orb-web can have a significant effect on the length of the captured prey under certain circumstances, which are discussed in the present paper.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)367-371
Number of pages5
JournalEuropean Journal of Entomology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1998
Externally publishedYes


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