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- Effect of architectural angularity on refugia selection by the brown spider, Loxosceles gaucho
- Stropa, A. A.
- Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP)
- Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior (CAPES)
- Some brown spider species infest man-made environments and pose a threat to human health. Because habitat architecture affects spider populations, I evaluated the preferences of individuals of Loxosceles gaucho (Gertsch) (Araneae: Sicariidae) for refugia with different angular structures. Four differently angled refugia models (acute-, right-, obtuse-angled and cylindrical) were placed on the litter of a forest fragment and observed each month for 1 year. Females of this species were found to prefer refugia with acute angles. This finding brings new information to our understanding of brown spider infestations in man-made environments: refugia with acute angles are likely to offer more protection for females and their offspring.
- Medical and Veterinary Entomology. Malden: Wiley-blackwell, v. 24, n. 3, p. 273-277, 2010.
- anthropic environment
- brown recluse spider
- habitat selection
- refugia architecture
- spider control
- urban entomology
- Acesso restrito
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