||Stratum change of Drapetisca socialis re-examined (Araneae, Linyphiidae)
||It has been widely accepted that the biology of Drapetiscus socialis includes a pronounced stratum change of this species from the forest soil into the crowns of beech trees. On old pine trees, however, D. socialis never exceeded its activity range to heights greater than 10 metres. These results lead to an re-examination of existing results, and to a review of several studies on tree-dwelling spiders. A synopsis of all data revealed that D. socialis changes stratum along stems of trees into greater heights in forests, but only very seldom, and then obviously only by chance, reaches high tree crowns. Earlier results of a stratum change into the crowns of old beech are only assumptions. The requirement for studies including samples from the bottom to the top of trees is proposed.
||stratum change, Drapetisca socialis, aboreal spider species, stem-eclector
- Arachnologische Mitteilungen - 10.5431/aramit2302