Data from: Crowding leads to fitness benefits and reduced dispersal in a colonial spider

Lior Ventura, Deborah Roan Smith & Yael Lubin
Density-dependent dispersal is a common dispersal strategy, mainly as a mechanism of escaping decreased fitness associated with high intra-specific competition. However, in group-living species, high density is expected to be beneficial for the individual, at least up to a certain threshold. A possible mechanism for maintaining an optimal density is negative density-dependent dispersal. In order to examine this hypothesis, we studied the effect of colony density on growth, dispersal and prey capture under different diets...
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