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Stegodyphus sarasinorum, also known as the Indian cooperative spider, is a species of spider of the family Eresidae. It is native to India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, and Myanmar.[1][2] This spider is a social spider that exhibits communal predation and feeding,[3] where individuals live in large cooperatively built colonies with a nest or retreat constructed of silk woven using leaves, twigs, and food carcasses, and a sheet web for prey capture.[4]

Indian cooperative spider
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Chelicerata
Class: Arachnida
Order: Araneae
Infraorder: Araneomorphae
Family: Eresidae
Genus: Stegodyphus
S. sarasinorum
Binomial name
Stegodyphus sarasinorum
Karsch, 1892

It is found that individual S. sarasinorum spiders that had attacked prey once were more likely to attack prey again, independent of their body size or hunger level.[5]

The spider moults 12 times to gain adulthood. Female feeds instar at the second stage by regurgitation and by providing them with captured prey, where in final instars, mother female devoted her life for the babies to use her body fluids and then dies.[6][7]

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  1. ^ "Stegodyphus sarasinorum Karsch, 1892". World Spider Catalog. Retrieved 21 April 2016.
  2. ^ "Stegodyphus sarasinorum Karsch, 1891". India Biodiversity Portal. Retrieved 21 April 2016.
  3. ^ Willey, Marianne B. & Jackson, Robert R. (1993). "Predatory behavior of a social spider, Stegodyphus sarasinorum (Araneae: Eresidae): why attack first?". Canadian Journal of Zoology. 71 (11): 2220–2223. doi:10.1139/z93-311.
  4. ^ Chakravarthy, A.S. Jeevan; Jayashankar, M. & Ramakrishna, S. (2015). "Autecological observations on the Indian cooperative spider Stegodyphus sarasinorum Karsch (Eresidae:Araneae)" (PDF). International Journal of Pure and Applied Zoology. 3 (1): 70–75. Retrieved 21 April 2016.
  5. ^ Settepani, V.; Grinsted, L.; Granfeldt, J.; Jensen, J. L. & Bilde, T. (2012). "Task specialization in two social spiders, Stegodyphus sarasinorum (Eresidae) and Anelosimus eximius (Theridiidae)". Journal of Evolutionary Biology. 26 (1): 51–62. doi:10.1111/jeb.12024. PMID 23163349.
  6. ^ Jacson, C. C. & Joseph, K. J. (1973). "Life-history, bionomics and behaviour of the social spider Stegodyphus sarasinorum Karsch". Insectes Sociaux. 20 (2): 189–203. doi:10.1007/bf02223347.
  7. ^ Deshmukh, Ujjwala Shivaji (2017). "Suicidal maternal care in spider Stegodyphus sarasinorum, (family Eresidae)" (PDF). International Journal of Fauna and Biological Studies. 4 (2): 114–116. Retrieved 21 April 2016.

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