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Type: Short Communication
Published: 2020-12-21
Page range: 561–563
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Juvenile spider riding a bug—phoresy in Baltic amber?

Research Associate Tiroler Landesmuseum Ferdinandeum, Josef Schraffl Strasse 2a, A 6020 Innsbruck, Austria


Phoretic dispersal of arachnids (e.g., Araneae, Pseudoscorpions, mites) clinging to insects (Coleoptera, Diptera, Hymenoptera etc.) are reported from extant species and fossil inclusions preserved in amber. A Baltic amber piece contains a piesmatid (Heteroptera, Piesmatidae) carrying a juvenile spider (Araneae, cf. Clubionidae) on its back. This is the first report of such an association between a bug and a spider and it is questioned herein, what might be the reason for the documented assemblage.


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