Insectes Sociaux

, Volume 32, Issue 3, pp 297–304 | Cite as

Electrophoretic evidence for population differentiation in a social spiderAchaearanea wau (Theridiidae)

  • Y. D. Lubin
  • R. H. Crozier


Twenty one enzyme systems examined in samples from eight populations of the social theridiid spider,Achaearanea wau, showed no variation and one enzyme system, alpha-glycerophosphate dehydrogenase, was polymorphic. The geographic distribution of alpha-GPDH enzyme phenotypes in eight populations supports a model of partial extinction of local populations and establishment of new populations from surviving colonies by fission or by swarming.


Geographic Distribution Local Population Population Differentiation Enzyme System Partial Extinction 

Electrophoretischer Nachweis der Populations-Differenzierung bei der sozialen Spinne,Achaearanea wau (Theridiidae)


Einundzwanzig Enzymsysteme, die an acht Populationen der sozialen SpinneAchaearanea wau (Theridiidae) untersucht wurden, wiesen keine Unterschiede auf. Nur ein Enzym-System, α-Glycerophosphatdehydrogenase, war polymorph. Die geographische Verteilung der α-GPDH-Phänotypen in den 8 Populationen unterstützt eine Modellvorstellung, nach der lokale Populationen zum Teil erlöschen und aus überlebenden Kolonien durch Aufspaltung oder Abwanderung neue Populationen entstehen.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Y. D. Lubin
    • 1
    • 2
  • R. H. Crozier
    • 3
  1. 1.Wau Ecology InstituteWauPapua New Guinea
  2. 2.Smithsonian Tropical Research InstituteBalboaPanama
  3. 3.School of ZoologyUniv. of New South WalesKensingtonAustralia

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