Foraging behavior and extended phenotype independently affect foraging success in spiders

Nicholas DiRienzo, Hannes Schraft, Pierre-Olivier Montiglio, Charles Bradley & Anna Dornhaus
Multiple phenotypic traits often interact with each other to determine an individual’s fitness. Behavioral and extended phenotypic traits, such as architectural constructions, can contribute to fitness in an integrated way. The goal of this study was to understand how the interaction between behavioral and extended phenotypic traits can affect foraging success. We tested this question using black widow spiders, where spiders that are aggressive in a foraging context tend to build more gumfooted silk lines...
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