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Household spider species exhibit Kleptoparasitism: An interaction between Plexxippus paykulli and Hasarius adansoni

Author Affiliations

  • 1Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Pune, MS, INDIA
  • 2 Division of Environment and Toxicology, Dept. of Zoology, The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, Vadodara, INDIA

Res. J. Recent Sci., Volume 1, Issue (3), Pages 19-25, March,2 (2012)


Spiders of the family salticidae are kleptoparasites that steal prey from other web spiders. In this paper we have described the kleptoparasitism between two species Plexxippus paykulli and Hasarius adansoni. Observation on distance of attack and prey stealing success rate were carried out for different body sizes of both species. Significant correlations were obtained for attacking strategy and prey stealing between different body classes of both species. We conclude from these co-relative studies that the larger the leg span of kleptoparasites shows profound degree of such behavior as compared to that of the relative body size. it also shows that the relative changes in body sizes of kleptoparasite proves to dominant on varied body size range in hosts.


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