Data from: Body condition and food shapes group dispersal but not solitary dispersal in a social spider

Bharat Parthasarathy & Hema Somanathan
Dispersal is important for exploitation of new habitat and for outbreeding. A precondition for sociality in spiders is reduced dispersal propensity leading to largely inbred societies. Despite this, social spiders have been observed to disperse from natal colonies and form new or satellite colonies. Proximate factors shaping dispersal, inter-individual variation in dispersal propensities and any advantages accrued from dispersal remain obscure. In the social spider Stegodyphus sarasinorum, we distinguish two types of dispersal: 1) group...
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