CSIRO Publishing blank image blank image blank image blank imageBooksblank image blank image blank image blank imageJournalsblank image blank image blank image blank imageAbout Usblank image blank image blank image blank imageShopping Cartblank image blank image blank image You are here: Journals > Australian Journal of Zoology   
Australian Journal of Zoology
Journal Banner
  Evolutionary, Molecular and Comparative Zoology
 
blank image Search
 
blank image blank image
blank image
 
  Advanced Search
   

Journal Home
About the Journal
Editorial Board
Contacts
Content
Online Early
Current Issue
Just Accepted
All Issues
Special Issues
Sample Issue
For Authors
General Information
Notice to Authors
Submit Article
Open Access
For Referees
Referee Guidelines
Review an Article
Annual Referee Index
For Subscribers
Subscription Prices
Customer Service
Print Publication Dates

blue arrow e-Alerts
blank image
Subscribe to our Email Alert or RSS feeds for the latest journal papers.

red arrow Connect with us
blank image
facebook twitter youtube

red arrow Supplementary Series
blank image
All volumes of the Australian Journal of Zoology Supplementary Series are online and available to subscribers of Australian Journal of Zoology.

 

Article << Previous     |         Contents Vol 48(2)

Foraging behaviour in orb-web spiders (Araneidae): do web decorations increase prey capture success in Argiope keyserlingi Karsch, 1878?

M. E. Herberstein

Australian Journal of Zoology 48(2) 217 - 223
Published: 2000

Abstract

Orb web spiders in the genus Argiope attach highly visible silk bands called decorations or stabilimenta to their webs. Two different hypotheses regarding the function of these structures were investigated in the field using Argiope keyserlingi: prey attraction and anti-predatory device. The first hypothesis suggests that web decorations attract prey to the web, and webs carrying decorations will capture more prey than those without. A field census of prey capture showed that webs adorned with more decorative bands indeed captured more but similarly sized prey per hour compared with webs carrying fewer decorations. Web height or web size, however, were not related to the rate of prey capture. This pattern was confirmed by a paired comparison of prey-capture rates within individuals that increased or decreased the number of decorative bands on consecutive days. Individuals that used more decorations also captured more prey compared with days when they spun fewer decorations. The second hypothesis suggests that these structures function as anti-predatory devices and, consequently, spiders on decorated webs benefit from a lower rate of mortality than spiders on undecorated webs. A census of the mortality rates of spiders over 19 days revealed that spiders did not disappear from undecorated webs more frequently than from decorated webs. Consequently, the idea that web decorations act as anti-predatory devices in A. keyserlingi was not supported.



Full text doi:10.1071/ZO00007

© CSIRO 2000

blank image
Subscriber Login
Username:
Password:  

 
PDF (84 KB) $25
 Export Citation
 Print
  
    
Legal & Privacy | Contact Us | Help

CSIRO

© CSIRO 1996-2014