|Publication Type:||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication:||1997|
|Authors:||D. Assi Bessekon|
|Keywords:||[Social behaviour / / ] [Species recognition / / Intraspecific, Agonistic behaviour, Behaviour, Coelotes terrestris (Araneae)., Coelotes terrestris [Parental care / / Female tolerance towards young, identification, intraspecific identification relationships] [Aggressive behaviour / / ], relations with female tolerance towards young]., Reproduction, Reproductive behaviour, Social behaviour|
In C. terrestris, we have shown that the reproductive state of the female exerts a major influence on its aptitude to tolerate the young and ensure maternal care. Thus, only pre-emergence females were found to be aggressive towards young homospecifics. The purpose of the present study is to show that female intolerance towards spiderlings during non-gregarious periods is not a manifestation of a predatory tendency. The experiments show: that C. terrestris females discriminate conspecific young from prey (i.e. cricket larvae) more of which they kill and ingest; that C. terrestris females also discriminate the young of their own species from alien ones; and that this discrimination is at least partially based on cuticular chemical stimuli during body contact. This information is relevant to the understanding of some aspects of social behaviour.
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