Journal article

Artificial light at night alters life history in a nocturnal orb-web spider

Nikolas J Willmott, Jessica Henneken, Caitlin J Selleck, Theresa M Jones

PEERJ | PEERJ INC | Published : 2018


The prevalence of artificial light at night (ALAN) is increasing rapidly around the world. The potential physiological costs of this night lighting are often evident in life history shifts. We investigated the effects of chronic night-time exposure to ecologically relevant levels of LED lighting on the life history traits of the nocturnal Australian garden orb-web spider (Eriophora biapicata). We reared spiders under a 12-h day and either a 12-h natural darkness (∼0 lux) or a 12-h dim light (∼20 lux) night and assessed juvenile development, growth and mortality, and adult reproductive success and survival. We found that exposure to ALAN accelerated juvenile development, resulting in spiders ..

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Awarded by Hermon Slade Foundation

Awarded by Australian Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

This research was supported by a grant from the Hermon Slade Foundation awarded to Theresa Jones (HSF 14/4) and an Australian Research Council grant to Theresa Jones (DP150101191). The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.