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A meal or a male: the ‘whispers’ of black widow males do not trigger a predatory response in females

Overview of attention for article published in Frontiers in Zoology, January 2014
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  • In the top 5% of all research outputs scored by Altmetric
  • One of the highest-scoring outputs from this source (#8 of 520)
  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age (99th percentile)
  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age and source (94th percentile)

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Title
A meal or a male: the ‘whispers’ of black widow males do not trigger a predatory response in females
Published in
Frontiers in Zoology, January 2014
DOI 10.1186/1742-9994-11-4
Pubmed ID
Authors

Samantha Vibert, Catherine Scott, Gerhard Gries

Abstract

Female spiders are fine-tuned to detect and quickly respond to prey vibrations, presenting a challenge to courting males who must attract a female's attention but not be mistaken for prey. This is likely particularly important at the onset of courtship when a male enters a female's web. In web-dwelling spiders, little is known about how males solve this conundrum, or about their courtship signals. Here we used laser Doppler vibrometry to study the vibrations produced by males and prey (house flies and crickets) on tangle webs of the western black widow Latrodectus hesperus and on sheet webs of the hobo spider Tegenaria agrestis. We recorded the vibrations at the location typically occupied by a hunting female spider. We compared the vibrations produced by males and prey in terms of their waveform, dominant frequency, frequency bandwidth, amplitude and duration. We also played back recorded male and prey vibrations through the webs of female L. hesperus to determine the vibratory parameters that trigger a predatory response in females.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 2 5%
Canada 1 2%
Unknown 39 93%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Bachelor 13 31%
Student > Ph. D. Student 8 19%
Researcher 8 19%
Student > Master 5 12%
Student > Postgraduate 2 5%
Other 5 12%
Unknown 1 2%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 26 62%
Environmental Science 4 10%
Medicine and Dentistry 3 7%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 1 2%
Arts and Humanities 1 2%
Other 1 2%
Unknown 6 14%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 162. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 07 May 2020.
All research outputs
#107,255
of 15,038,563 outputs
Outputs from Frontiers in Zoology
#8
of 520 outputs
Outputs of similar age
#1,586
of 250,117 outputs
Outputs of similar age from Frontiers in Zoology
#2
of 35 outputs
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