Dispersal of Stegodyphus Dumicola (Araneae, Eresidae): They do balloon after all!

Jutta M. Schneider, Roos Jörg, Yael Lubin, Johannes R. Henschel

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There has been some controversy about whether adult females of social Stegodyphus disperse by ballooning. Here we show that adult Stegodyphus dumicola (Eresidae) Pocock 1898 are able to gain up-lift by releasing a very large number of threads. The threads fan out widely from the spider's body and form a triangular sheet. This previously unknown ballooning mechanism, enables even large spiders to disperse over large distances.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)114-116
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Arachnology
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2001


  • Ballooning
  • Dispersal
  • Eresidae
  • Social spider
  • Stegodyphus


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