The spatial dispersion of spiders in a cotton ecosystem

Bishop A.L. (1981) The spatial dispersion of spiders in a cotton ecosystem. Australian Journal of Zoology, 29 1: 1-5. doi:10.1071/ZO9810015

Author Bishop A.L.
Title The spatial dispersion of spiders in a cotton ecosystem
Journal name Australian Journal of Zoology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1446-5698
Publication date 1981-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1071/ZO9810015
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 29
Issue 1
Start page 1
End page 5
Total pages 5
Language eng
Subject 1105 Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
1103 Animal Science and Zoology
Abstract In a cotton field in south-east Queensland, the spider species Chiracanthium diversion L. Koch, Achaearanea veruculala (Urquhart) and Lycosa sp. were equally distributed in the outer, middle and inner portions. However, A. veruculata was more abundant in the western side of the field late in the season, apparently in response to a more favourable habitat. In sampling, the variance was greater than the mean and overdispersion was apparent. C. diversum and A. veruculata were most abundant in the top one-third of plants and Oxyopes mundulus L. Koch was evenly distributed over plants. The consistency with which these spiders were recorded in levels of vertical strata was enhanced by the formation of the crop canopy, and the vertical distribution of C. diversum was apparently influenced by rainfall. Among crop spacings, most spiders of four species preferred the highest density (12 plants per metre). The ecological consequences of the distributional characteristics were considered in relation to current sequential decision plans for the management of cotton pests and beneficial species in this region.
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