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1 December 2003 MATING WITHOUT SEXUAL CANNIBALISM IN TIDARREN SISYPHOIDES (ARANEAE, THERIDIIDAE)
Barbara Knoflach, Suresh P. Benjamin
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Abstract

Copulatory behavior of Tidarren sisyphoides is described for the first time. Courtship proceeds without construction of a mating thread. The male dies during insertion and remains coupled to the female epigynum for 2.4 hours on average (n = 15). In contrast to other species hitherto studied, females of T. sisyphoides do not consume their mates after copulation. Instead, the dead males are removed from the webs by the females.

Barbara Knoflach and Suresh P. Benjamin "MATING WITHOUT SEXUAL CANNIBALISM IN TIDARREN SISYPHOIDES (ARANEAE, THERIDIIDAE)," The Journal of Arachnology 31(3), 445-448, (1 December 2003). https://doi.org/10.1636/S02-56
Received: 1 November 2002; Published: 1 December 2003
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copulatory behavior
male sexual suicide
mating plug
One-palped spiders
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