Ecology

Habitat

Depth range based on 12 specimens in 2 taxa.
Water temperature and chemistry ranges based on 12 samples.

Environmental ranges
  Depth range (m): 0 - 0
  Temperature range (°C): 23.227 - 28.540
  Nitrate (umol/L): 0.056 - 0.095
  Salinity (PPS): 34.438 - 35.294
  Oxygen (ml/l): 4.523 - 4.923
  Phosphate (umol/l): 0.086 - 0.118
  Silicate (umol/l): 1.103 - 2.378

Graphical representation

Temperature range (°C): 23.227 - 28.540

Nitrate (umol/L): 0.056 - 0.095

Salinity (PPS): 34.438 - 35.294

Oxygen (ml/l): 4.523 - 4.923

Phosphate (umol/l): 0.086 - 0.118

Silicate (umol/l): 1.103 - 2.378
 
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Evolution and Systematics

Functional Adaptations

Functional adaptation

Lure tricks prey: bolas spider
 

The sticky lure of the bolas spider attracts prey thanks to a coating that smells like the female sex pheromone of certain moths.

   
  "So called for their talent for producing a large, sticky, ball-shaped lure that is twirled around on the end of a silken rope, held by one of their eight legs, the cunning bolas spider coats the object with a special secretion that smells like the female sex pheromone of certain moths, thus attracting males of these species. When the spider detects their fluttering wing movements close by, it begins whirling its scented lure in the air. Irresistibly drawn by the deceptive odor, the male moths come closer. When they are close enough, the spider deftly hits them with the lure, trapping them on its sticky surface. When satisfied with its catch of up to eight moths in one night, the spider hauls in the lure, and wraps each moth in silk, to be eaten later." (Shuker 2001:30)
  Learn more about this functional adaptation.
  • Shuker, KPN. 2001. The Hidden Powers of Animals: Uncovering the Secrets of Nature. London: Marshall Editions Ltd. 240 p.
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Molecular Biology and Genetics

Molecular Biology

Statistics of barcoding coverage

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Specimen Records:16Public Records:1
Specimens with Sequences:12Public Species:1
Specimens with Barcodes:12Public BINs:1
Species:4         
Species With Barcodes:3         
          
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Locations of barcode samples

Collection Sites: world map showing specimen collection locations for Mastophora

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