Cave Spiders: Behavioural Adaptations in Webs, Foraging and Dispersal
|Free webinar with Dr Thomas Hesselberg exploring behavioural adaptations in cave spiders.
Web-building spiders are excellent model organisms to study the behavioural adaptations to novel habitats such as the dark and food-limited subterranean cave habitat. Cave-dwelling orb spiders in the genus Meta show several potential behavioural adaptations in both their webs (which do not have the typical frame of non-cave orb spiders) and their foraging and dispersal behaviour. Thomas explores some of the things we do know about these fascinating spiders as well as discussing some of the many things we still do not know.