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Color and Communication in Habronattus Jumping Spiders: Tests of Sexual and Ecological Selection

Abstract Differences between males and females can evolve through a variety of mechanisms, including sexual and ecological selection. Because coloration is evolutionarily labile, sexually dichromatic species are good models for understanding the evolution of sex differences. While many jumping spiders exhibit diverse and brilliant coloration, they have been notably absent from such studies. In the genus Habronattus, females are drab and cryptic while males are brilliantly colored, displaying some of these colors to females during elaborate courtship dances. Here I test multiple hypotheses for the control and function of male color. In the field, I found that Habronattus males indiscriminately court any female they encounter (including other species)... (more)
Created Date 2012
Contributor Taylor, Lisa A. (Author) / Mcgraw, Kevin J (Advisor) / Clark, David L (Committee member) / Johnson, James C (Committee member) / Alcock, John (Committee member) / Rutowski, Ronald L (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Animal behavior / Biology / Ecology / cannibalism / coloration / courtship / Habronattus / mate choice / sexual selection
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 250 pages
Language English
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Note Ph.D. Biology 2012
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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