Agelenids of the World

Systematics and Taxonomy of Agelenidae, a Worldwide distributed Spider Family

Males' visits to females' webs and female mating receptivity in the spider, Agelena limbata (Araneae: Agelenidae)

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:1991
Authors:T. Masumoto
Journal:Journal of Ethology
Date Published:1991
ISBN Number:0289-0771
Keywords:Activity patterns, Agelena limbata (Araneae)., Agelena limbata [Reproductive behaviour / / Male visits to female webs, Asia, Behaviour, Circadian activity, Copulation timing] [Japan / / Fukuoka]., Eurasia, Land zones, observations] [Mating / / Male & female tactics] [Diurnal activity / /, Palaearctic region, Reproduction, Reproductive behaviour

Field observation on the reproductive behavior in the funnelweb spider, Agelena limbata, was conducted. Copulation occurred primarily during the day. Some females copulated with different mates more than once. Females did not copulate immediately after their final moult and exhibited unpredictable mating receptivity patterns. Most males remained in females' webs for less than 1 day and copulated within the day of the visit. Males did not adopt a mating tactic of staying with a juvenile female until she moulted and matured, searching instead for adult female potential mates.

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