Life history of Bathyphantes simillimus (Araneae: Linyphiidae) in Stołowe Mountains, Poland
Abstract:The density, reproduction and life-cycle of Bathyphantes simillimus (L. KOCH 1879) were studied in the Stołowe Mountains (Poland) where this species inhabits deep, sandstone rock crevices. Constant observations indicate that studied species has excepional triennial life cycle where new individuals join the population in summer, survive the following winter, grow, mature and breed throughout the next year, live through the next winter then breed again and die in the year following their second winter. The prolonged life cycle may be the result of adaptation to cooler environmental conditions.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 2007-05-01
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