Thesis / Dissertation

Symbiosis between arthropod predators

Po Peng, Mark Elgar (ed.)

Published : 2020

Abstract

In natural communities, species may evolve characteristics in response to a variety of complex interactions involving heterospecific or conspecific members. Symbioses between arthropod predators, traditionally considered to be predatory and thus antagonistic, provide intriguing opportunities to explore this topic. Recent studies of interspecific interactions among certain spider symbiotic systems reveal outcomes ranging from araneophagy to mutualism. The latter is apparently unusual among any predators, and may reflect the unappreciated role of visual and chemical signalling as prey-luring traits in symbioses. In this thesis, I used a tractable symbiosis allowing long-term trials, which comp..

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