Discovery of the largest orbweaving spider species: the evolution of gigantism in Nephila.

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Matjaz Kuntner ; Jonathan A Coddington (2009)
  • Publisher: Public Library of Science (PLoS)
  • Journal: PLoS ONE, volume 4, issue 10 (issn: 1932-6203, eissn: 1932-6203)
  • Related identifiers: doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0007516, pmc: PMC2760137
  • Subject: Q | R | Research Article | Evolutionary Biology | Evolutionary Biology/Sexual Behavior | Science | Evolutionary Biology/Evolutionary Ecology | Evolutionary Biology/Animal Behavior | Medicine

Background More than 41,000 spider species are known with about 400–500 added each year, but for some well-known groups, such as the giant golden orbweavers, Nephila, the last valid described species dates from the 19th century. Nephila are renowned for being the larges... View more
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