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Male redback spiders evade cannibalism by mating with immature females

September 21, 2016

The Guardian | September 21, 2016

Male redback spiders at risk of being cannibalised by their sex partners have developed a survival tactic: mating only with females too young to eat them. Maydianne C B Andrade of the University of Toronto Scarborough, one of the co-authors, told the Guardian the behaviour was instinctive, not learned, and widespread. Read more.