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Spiders in caves: the CAWEB project

Mammola, Stefano and Gasparo, Fulvio and Komenov, Marjan and Růžička, Vlastimil and Déjean, Sylvain and Danflous, Samuel and Brustel, Hervé and Vargovitsh, Robert S. and Rozwałka, Robert and Moldovan, Oana and Pavlek, Martina and Deltshev, Christo and Petrov, Boyan and Naumova, Maria and Ćurčić, Srećko and Mock, Andrej and Kovac, Lubomir and Cardoso, Pedro and Dányi, László and Angyal, Dorottya and Balázs, Gergely and Ribera, Carles and Prieto, Carlos E. and Fernández, Jon and Komposch, Christian and Carter, Julian and Isaia, Marco Spiders in caves: the CAWEB project. (2017) In: 30th European Congress of Arachnology, 20 August 2017 - 25 August 2017 (Nottingham, United Kingdom). (Unpublished)

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World experts of different disciplines, from molecular biology to macroecology, recognize the value of cave ecosystems as ideal ecological and evolutionary laboratories. Among other subterranean taxa, spiders stand out as intriguing model organisms for their ecological role of top-predators, their unique adaptations to the hypogean medium and their sensitivity to anthropogenic disturbance. Here, we provide a general overview of the spider families recorded in hypogean habitats in Europe–20 families including nearly 500 species, most of them with restricted distributions. We also review the different adaptations of hypogean spiders to subterranean life and summarize the information gathered so far about their origin, population structure, ecology and conservation status. Taxonomic knowledge on subterranean spiders in Europe appears to be well, but not exhaustively documented. The origin of the European assemblages is mostly explained by past climate dynamics, although other factors are likely to be involved. Most of the macroecological issues related to spiders in European caves are based on qualitative assessments or have been quantified only at a sub-regional scale. In order to shed light on cave spiders’ biogeography and the macroecological patterns driving the diversity of European subterranean spiders we created the CAWEB network, a spontaneous collaboration between subterranean arachnologists from 30 different European countries. We here present the team and provide some preliminary results, which highlight Southern Europe as an important hot-spot for the European subterranean spider diversity.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Other)
ProdINRA Id:405332
Audience (conference):International conference without published proceedings
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Institution:Other partners > Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (BULGARIA)
Other partners > Conservatoire Régional des Espaces Naturels Midi-Pyrénées - CREN (FRANCE)
Other partners > University of Helsinki (FINLAND)
Université de Toulouse > Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse - Toulouse INP (FRANCE)
French research institutions > Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique - INRA (FRANCE)
Other partners > Università degli studi di Torino - UNITO (ITALY)
Other partners > Universitat de Barcelona - UB (SPAIN)
Other partners > Croatian Biospeleological Society (CROATIA)
Other partners > Eotvos Lorand University (HUNGARY)
Other partners > Hungarian Natural History Museum (HUNGARY)
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Other partners > Institute of Speleology (ROMANIA)
Other partners > Institut für Tierökologie und Naturbildung (GERMANY)
Other partners > National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine (UKRAINE)
Other partners > National Museum of Natural History (BULGARIA)
Other partners > National Museum of Wales (UNITED KINGDOM)
Other partners > Pavol Jozef Šafárik University (SLOVAKIA)
Other partners > Società Alpina delle Giulie (ITALY)
Other partners > Maria Curie-Skłodowska University – UMCS (POLAND)
Other partners > University of Belgrade (SERBIA)
Other partners > University of the Basque Country - UPV/EHU (SPAIN)
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