Ecological Aspects of Spider Webs



When silk leaves a spider’s silk gland it enters a new sphere, the spider’s environment. Here, silk is used to form various structures such as retreats, snares, cocoons, draglines, etc. Since nearly all interactions between spider and environment are silk-mediated, this substance deserves treatment from the demecological or synecological point of view.


Prey Item Ecological Aspect Signal Thread Silken Structure Antipredator Function 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1987

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institut für Zoologie der UniversitätRegensburgGermany
  2. 2.Museum für TierkundeDresdenGDR

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