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1 April 2016 The behavioral ecology of amblypygids
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Arachnologists have uncovered tantalizing details about amblypygid behavioral ecology—the study of the fitness consequences of their behavior. Thus, it is the aim of this review to position Amblypygi as a useful system in which to investigate the principles of animal behavioral ecology. We synthesize amblypygid habitat preference and navigation modalities; predator, prey, parasite, parasitoid, cannibal, and commensal interactions; resource contests and territoriality; mating systems and mate choice; parental investment and sociality; and genetics and genomics as they relate to behavioral ecology. We present ideas for future research in each of these areas and discuss future directions for Amblypygi behavioral ecology research as they relate to four areas of behavioral ecology: adaptation, evolutionary history, mechano-sensory control of behavior, and behavioral development. We conclude by identifying several avenues of Amblypygi behavioral ecology that we think have the highest potential for transformative discoveries.
The American Arachnological Society
Kenneth J. Chapin and Eileen A. Hebets "The behavioral ecology of amblypygids," The Journal of Arachnology 44(1), (1 April 2016). https://doi.org/10.1636/V15-62.1
Received: 18 August 2015; Accepted: ; Published: 1 April 2016
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