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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