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Aerial Dispersion of Spiders in North Central Texas
James T. Salmon and Norman V. Horner
The Journal of Arachnology
Vol. 5, No. 2 (Spring, 1977), pp. 153-157
Published by: American Arachnological Society
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3705161
Page Count: 5
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In a 365 day period 3400 ballooning spiders belonging to 14 families were collected in a suction trap. The four most common ballooning families were Erigonidae, Thomisidae, Oxyopidae, and Tetragnathidae. These four families make of 77% of the total. Peak periods of spider aerial dispersal occurred during early spring through early summer and late summer through fall. No information could be found on the ballooning activity of the family Mimetidae before this study. All thirteen other families had been reported previously.
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