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The benefits of being social, from a spider’s perspective


A new study has found that spiders that live in groups benefit from each other’s company in unexpected ways.

The study also highlights good news for those who are afraid of spiders – the more social they are, the smaller they tend to be. So, arachnophobes can be reassured, spiders that hunt in packs are all going to be quite small in size.

The study, led by Dr Lena Grinsted, Senior Lecturer in Zoology at the University of Portsmouth, examined how spiders hunt together and what effect that has had on their evolution.

The report was published in a special issue about spider research in the journal Development, Genes and Evolution. MORE

Header image: Social spiders catching prey cooperatively in Ecuador. Credit: University of Portsmouth.