Klavdija Šuen's research while affiliated with Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts and other places

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Several clades of spiders whose females evolved giant sizes are known for extreme sexual behaviors such as sexual cannibalism, opportunistic mating, mate-binding, genital mutilation, plugging, and emasculation. However, these behaviors have only been tested in a handful of size dimorphic spiders. Here, we bring another lineage into the picture by r...
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Urbanization poses serious extinction risks, yet some species thrive in urban environments. This may be due to a pronounced developmental plasticity in these taxa, since phenotypically, plastic organisms may better adjust to unpredictable urban food resources. We studied phenotypic plasticity in Nuctenea umbratica, a common European forest and urba...

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... For example, mating with molting or freshly molted females eliminates the risk of cannibalism since these females are unable to attack their mates because they cannot move while their exoskeleton is still soft (Lubin 1986;Uhl et al. 2015). This tactic is common in spiders (Jackson 1986a;Danielson-François et al. 2012;Gregorič et al. 2016), and may lead to males seeking out immature females. ...
... This implies that high variability in life histories may be a consequence of phenotypic plasticity, i.e. the ability of a single genotype to produce alternative phenotypes in response to environmental conditions (West-Eberhard 2003). In arthropods, developmental plasticity can be induced by environmental variables such as diet quality or quantity (Esperk et al. 2007;Kralj-Fišer et al. 2014), temperature (Li and Jackson 1996;Stillwell and Fox 2009), and photoperiod (Schaefer 1977;Leimar 1996). ...