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Notes on the Natural History and Hunting Behavior of an Ant Eating Zodariid Spider (Arachnida, Araneae) in Colorado
Paula E. Cushing and Richard G. Santangelo
The Journal of Arachnology
Vol. 30, No. 3 (2002), pp. 618-621
Published by: American Arachnological Society
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3706076
Page Count: 4
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The ant hunting behavior of Zodarion rubidum (Araneae, Zodariidae) is described from specimens collected in Colorado, USA. Like other members of this genus, Z. rubidum constructs igloo-shaped stone retreats under rocks and feeds on ants. Details of the prey capture behavior are provided including initial and subsequent reactions of ants to the bites of Z. rubidum and data on the time it takes for ants to become completely paralyzed as a result of the bites.
The Journal of Arachnology © 2002 American Arachnological Society