ABS 2022
Spider, sex, magik: elegant experiments for testing sexual selection hypotheses in the Neotropics
Anita Aisenberg. Departamento de Ecología y Biología Evolutiva, Instituto de Investigaciones Biológicas Clemente Estable, Montevideo, Montevideo, Uruguay

During the last decades studies on spider behavior have flourished in Latin America. Diversity and abundance of spiders is particularly notorious in the Neotropics, where the possibility of fusing experiments under natural scenarios with elegant manipulations at the laboratory is feasible. Arachnologists have spun resistant and enduring collaborative webs, frequently among researchers from diverse disciplines, promoting a characteristic multidisciplinary imprint in evolutionary biology studies. In particular, studies enlightening female active participation in controlling the results of reproduction are emblematic. During the talk and after a brief historical introduction I will share representative examples of studies aimed to test sexual selection hypotheses in spiders from Costa Rica rainforests and highlight challenging areas for future research.