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Web asymmetry in the tetragnathid orb spider Metellina mengei (Blackwell 1869) is determined by web inclination and web size

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Vertical asymmetry is a widespread feature of orb webs, with the lower part larger than the upper, although its adaptive value is not fully understood. Gravity is thought to play a major role in the generation of asymmetry through increased running speed downwards from the hub. The relationship between spider orientation and gravity has been relatively well studied. However, webs’ inclination from vertical has been less studied. Here we conducted a field study on the tetragnathid orb spider M...

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University of Oxford
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Continuing Education
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Continuing Education
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University of Oxford
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ContEd
Department:
Continuing Education
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Publisher:
American Arachnological Society Publisher's website
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Journal of Arachnology Journal website
Volume:
46
Issue:
2
Pages:
370-372
Publication date:
2018-07-18
Acceptance date:
2017-12-21
ISSN:
0161-8202
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815234
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2018-01-05

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