Spiders: Evolution of Group Living and Social Behavior

Lena Grinsted, Yael Lubin

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7 Scopus citations


Group living, social behavior and cooperative breeding has evolved multiple times in spiders, although only very few spider species permanently live in groups. Here, we give a brief overview of the two types of permanent group living in spiders and the evolutionary pathways leading to social and colonial living in spiders.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Animal Behavior
Subtitle of host publicationVolume 1-5
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9780128132524
ISBN (Print)9780128132517
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2019


  • Allomaternal care
  • Colonial spiders
  • Cooperation
  • Cooperative breeding
  • Group living
  • Maternal care
  • Social evolution
  • Social spiders

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences (all)
  • Environmental Science (all)


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