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Evolution of ant-eating specialization in the basal lineage of Zodariidae (Araneae): the trophic ecology of South American Leprolochus birabeni Mello-Leitao

Authors

POMPOZZI Gabriel Alejandro PETRÁKOVÁ Lenka PEKÁR Stanislav

Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source BIOLOGICAL JOURNAL OF THE LINNEAN SOCIETY
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Science

Citation
Doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/biolinnean/bly034
Keywords Araneae; specialist;Zodariidae
Description Most spiders are euryphagous predators. However, there are also a few species with a stenophagous diet, foraging on only a single prey taxon. This strategy could have resulted from ecological opportunity or from evolutionary specialization, which is typical for phylogenetically advanced species. In Zodariidae, myrmecophagy is considered a derived trophic strategy. Therefore, the main objective of this study was to investigate the trophic ecology of Leprolochus birabeni (Zodariidae), whose rather basal position in the phylogeny predicts euryphagy.
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