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1 August 2001 EGG COVERING BEHAVIOR OF THE NEOTROPICAL HARVESTMAN PROMITOBATES ORNATUS (OPILIONES, GONYLEPTIDAE)
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The egg covering behavior of the laniatorid harvestman Promitobates ornatus was studied. Females of this species laid eggs isolated, on soil. After laying an egg, the female started scraping the substrate next to the egg, picking up debris, and attached the earth particles to the egg. After she scraped one area, she rotated around the egg, stopped turning, and restarted the collection of debris from another site. Alternation of scraping and changing body position was repeated twice or more until the female completed the egg covering. Data on egg size, duration of egg laying and egg covering, and duration of embryonic development are also provided.

Rodrigo Hirata Willemart "EGG COVERING BEHAVIOR OF THE NEOTROPICAL HARVESTMAN PROMITOBATES ORNATUS (OPILIONES, GONYLEPTIDAE)," The Journal of Arachnology 29(2), 249-252, (1 August 2001). https://doi.org/10.1636/0161-8202(2001)029[0249:ECBOTN]2.0.CO;2
Received: 20 March 2000; Published: 1 August 2001
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