Maternal Behavior in Wolf Spiders: The Role of Abdominal Hairs

See allHide authors and affiliations

Science  14 Dec 1973:
Vol. 182, Issue 4117, pp. 1153-1155
DOI: 10.1126/science.182.4117.1153


Newly emerged, juvenile wolf spiders do not settle on clothed or shaved areas of their mother's abdomen until after a period of days. Spiny, knobbed hairs, peculiar to adult female lycosids, apparently provide the stimulus and means for attachment by the inner layer of spiderlings. Innervated long, smooth hairs are mechanoreceptors which probably serve in other aspects of brood care.

Stay Connected to Science