Mol Phylogenet Evol 2013 Dec 2;69(3):895-905. Epub 2013 Jul 2.
Department of Biology, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT, USA. Electronic address:
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Mol Phylogenet Evol 2015 Jan 28;82 Pt A:330-40. Epub 2014 Oct 28.
Department of Biology, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT, USA.
Determining factors that facilitate the transition from a solitary to a social lifestyle is a major challenge in evolutionary biology, especially in taxa that are usually aggressive towards conspecifics. Most spiders live solitarily and few species are known to be social. Nevertheless, sociality has evolved multiple times across several families and nearly all studied social lineages have originated from a periodically social (subsocial) ancestor. Read More
Mol Phylogenet Evol 2013 Dec 27;69(3):961-79. Epub 2013 Jun 27.
Institute of Biology, Scientific Research Centre, Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Ljubljana, Slovenia; Department of Entomology, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, USA; College of Life Sciences, Hubei University, Wuhan 430062, Hubei, China. Electronic address:
The pantropical orb web spider family Nephilidae is known for the most extreme sexual size dimorphism among terrestrial animals. Numerous studies have made Nephilidae, particularly Nephila, a model lineage in evolutionary research. However, a poorly understood phylogeny of this lineage, relying only on morphology, has prevented thorough evolutionary syntheses of nephilid biology. Read More
Toxicon 2003 Aug;42(2):163-71
Discipline of Clinical Pharmacology, University of Newcastle, Clinical Toxicologist and Emergency Physician, Newcastle Mater Misericordiae Hospital, Level 5, Clinical Sciences Building Edith St, Waratah, NSW 2298, Australia.
Spiders of the family Sparassidae occur on most continents in tropical and temperate regions of the world. They are large Araneomorphae (modern spiders) which are often feared. There are few reports of confirmed sparassid bites and some suggest that particular genera (Neosparassus) can cause severe effects. Read More
Mol Phylogenet Evol 2012 Jan 21;62(1):375-96. Epub 2011 Oct 21.
Department of Terrestrial Zoology, Western Australian Museum, Locked Bag 49, Welshpool DC, Perth, Western Australia 6986, Australia.
The rainforests, wet sclerophyll forests and temperate heathlands of the Australian mesic zone are home to a diverse and highly endemic biota, including numerous old endemic lineages restricted to refugial, mesic biomes. A growing number of phylogeographic studies have attempted to explain the origins and diversification of the Australian mesic zone biota, in order to test and better understand the mode and tempo of historical speciation within Australia. Assassin spiders (family Archaeidae) are a lineage of iconic araneomorph spiders, characterised by their antiquity, remarkable morphology and relictual biogeography on the southern continents. Read More