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20 October 2022 Metabolism in Micrathena gracilis, a stridulating orb-weaver (Araneae: Araneidae)
Stella F. Uiterwaal, Nicole Graham, Taylor Steiner, Tyler B. Corey
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Metabolism powers all of life's processes, making it fundamental to understanding organisms in nature. For many arachnids, however, we do not have direct measurements of either metabolic rate or the relationship between metabolic rate and body size (i.e., allometric scaling, an important determinant of metabolic rate). Here, we present the first measurements of metabolic rate and allometric scaling in a stridulating spined micrathena spider, Micrathena gracilis (Walckenaer, 1805). Since intraspecific variation in metabolic rate may provide insights into variation in energetically costly behaviors, we additionally explore the link between stridulation and metabolism in M. gracilis. Our data suggests a link between stridulatory behavior and allometric scaling, such that increased stridulation is associated with a weaker connection between body mass and metabolic rate. We discuss how links between energetics, expression of behavior, and body size inform our understanding of trait variation in these spiders.

Stella F. Uiterwaal, Nicole Graham, Taylor Steiner, and Tyler B. Corey "Metabolism in Micrathena gracilis, a stridulating orb-weaver (Araneae: Araneidae)," The Journal of Arachnology 50(3), 288-291, (20 October 2022).
Received: 22 September 2021; Accepted: 2 February 2022; Published: 20 October 2022
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