Occurrence of the Black lace-weaver spider, Amaurobius ferox, in caves

  • Enrico Lunghi Key Laboratory of the Zoological Systematics and Evolution, Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China; Museo di Storia Naturale dell’Università di Firenze, Sezione di Zoologia “La Specola”, Firenze, Italy http://orcid.org/0000-0002-4228-2750
Keywords: biospeleology, Italy, occupancy, arachnids

Abstract

Subterranean habitats house a wide range of species which show a number of adaptations to prevailing ecological conditions. Spiders are among the most abundant predators in caves; however, most studies on cave spiders focus on species adapted to these habitats. This is the first study related to the occurrence of the Black lace-weaver spider, Amaurobius ferox, in caves. The species lacks adaptations to the subterranean habitats and has been observed within meters from the cave entrance all year round, except in late winter until early spring. Furthermore, its occupancy is positively related to the presence of other three cave-dwelling spiders: Metellina merianae, Meta menardi and Tegenaria sp.

Downloads

Download data is not yet available.
Published
2020-08-25
How to Cite
1.
Lunghi E. Occurrence of the Black lace-weaver spider, Amaurobius ferox, in caves. AC [Internet]. 2020Aug.25 [cited 2020Oct.26];49(1). Available from: https://ojs.zrc-sazu.si/carsologica/article/view/7672
Section
Original papers