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1 April 2003 COHABITATION BETWEEN AN ADULT MALE AND A SUBADULT FEMALE IN A BURROWING WOLF SPIDER (ARANEAE, LYCOSIDAE)
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We report a case of cohabitation between an adult male and a conspecific subadult female Lycosa tarantula (Linnaeus 1758) (Araneae, Lycosidae). Cohabitation was observed during a field study in a population near Madrid city (central Spain). The male was first observed in the female burrow four days before the female maturation molt. Both individuals remained together until female maturation occurred. Mating occurred two days after female maturation, at a much younger age than non-cohabiting females. The possible mechanisms by which adult males find subadult female burrows are discussed.

Carmen Fernández-Montraveta and Mariano Cuadrado "COHABITATION BETWEEN AN ADULT MALE AND A SUBADULT FEMALE IN A BURROWING WOLF SPIDER (ARANEAE, LYCOSIDAE)," The Journal of Arachnology 31(1), 135-138, (1 April 2003). https://doi.org/10.1636/0161-8202(2003)031[0135:CBAAMA]2.0.CO;2
Received: 22 November 2001; Published: 1 April 2003
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