Doi
10.30963/aramit5508
Autor

Dolejš P & Hanko M

Jahr
2018
Titel

Ontogenetic development and reproduction of Zorocrates guerrerensis (Araneae: Zoropsidae)

Titel ├╝bersetzt

Ontogenese und Reproduktion von Zorocrates guerrerensis (Araneae: Zoropsidae)

Ausgabe

Heft 55

Seiten
46-51
Abstract

Zorocrates guerrerensis Gertsch & Davis, 1940 is a Mexican cribellate spider with almost no information about its biology. As the species could potentially be of medical interest, it was decided to study basic aspects of its life history under laboratory conditions. The life cycle lasts a year, with spiders undergoing up to 12 instars to reach maturity. The courtship behaviour includes tactile communication. Copulation consists of two palpal insertions, each with a single haematodochal expansion. Both males and females can mate more than once; components of the first and second copulation do not differ. On average, the total copulation duration lasts for more than five minutes. Some details of the copulation process are discussed and compared with those of other lycosoids.

Keywords

copulation, courtship, cribellate spider, instar, life history, Mexico, polyandry, polygyny, tactile communication