"Blood and brains: the mind of a mosquito-eating jumping spider"
Friday, 14th February 2003: 10.00am - 11.00am
Life Sciences Lab
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Host: Dr. Li Daiqin
About the Talk
"No spiders are known to feed directly on vertebrate blood, but Evarcha culicivora is a jumping spider (Salticidae) from the Lake Victoria region of Kenya and Uganda that feeds on blood indirectly by finding and capturing its preferred prey, blood-fed female mosquitoes. Mosquitoes are notorious as vectors of malaria and other human diseases. There are thousands of species of mosquitoes, but only certain species in the genus Anopheles carry the human malaria parasites.
Remarkably, small juveniles of E. culicivora adopt Anopheles-specific hunting tactics and single out Anopheles as preferred prey. However, these are only the most obvious ways in which E. culicivora's biology is linked to mosquitoes. Recent research on this unique spider, nicknamed the 'mosquito terminator', is a new step toward a long-term goal of clarifying the potential for vision-based cognition in miniature systems. "
Locations of venues, Dept. Biological Sciences, NUS
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Seminar Room 3
Life Sciences Lab
Lecture Theatre 32
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Meetings of the Biodiversity & Ecology Journal Club, 2003
Astrid van Meeuwen - "Why do kereru (Hemiphaga novaeseelandiae) eat what they eat?". 21st Feb 2003.
Charles Santiapillai - "Conserving the Asian Elephant in Sri Lanka". 19th Feb 2003.
Simon D. Pollard - "Tiny tusks and horns: secondary sexual characters in jumping spiders (Araneae: Salticidae)". 17th Feb 2003.
Robert Jackson - "Blood and brains: the mind of a mosquito-eating jumping spider". 14th February 2003.
Peter Davie - "Stirring the Pot - taxonomic meddling with commercial crustaceans". 11th Feb 2003.