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Mercedes Burns

Mercedes Burns

San Diego

San Diego State University

Postdoctoral researcher

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Thank you so much, LoAnn!
Oct 16, 2016
Are male daddy-longlegs becoming "endangered?"
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Thank you Cindy! Great question. I should start by emphasizing that daddy-longlegs are not true spiders, but instead are from a different order of arachnids called the Opiliones. Within Opiliones, there are other species where males are either exceedingly rare or have never been found (I'm thinking specifically of the family Caddidae) which suggests parthenogenetic ability. The same is true for Araneae (spiders), though it has rarely been demonstrated in the lab. The conclusion: asexuality in Arachnida is not unheard of, but I wouldn't call it common.
Oct 11, 2016
Are male daddy-longlegs becoming "endangered?"
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