UV and camouflage in crab spiders (Thomisidae)

Marie E. Herberstein*, Felipe M. Gawryszewski

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Crab spiders are formidable predators of many insects. Their colour is particularly fascinating and we have an excellent account of the foraging ecology of some species. A more recent research focus has been the prevalence of UV reflection in some crab spider species. In this chapter we discuss the methods of quantifying colour and colour contrast and review the distribution, mechanism, function and evolution of UV reflectance amongst crab spiders.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSpider Ecophysiology
EditorsWolfgang Nentwig
Place of PublicationHeidelberg
PublisherSpringer, Springer Nature
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9783642339899
ISBN (Print)3642339883, 9783642339882
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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