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Behavioral Evidence of Chemoreception on the Legs of the Spider Araneus diadematus cl.

Wendy Holden
The Journal of Arachnology
Vol. 3, No. 3 (Sep., 1975), pp. 207-210
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3704946
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Abstract

Behavioral responses of the spider Araneus diadematus to chemically-treated prey support the hypothesis that hairs on the legs of spiders receive chemical stimuli. Analysis of movie films showed a definite withdrawal reaction of spiders to quinine-coated flies and repeated trials with quinine-treated flies led to significantly (P <0.01) longer periods of time for the spiders to respond to prey.

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