Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences (BCAS)
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Bachelor of Science
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The two major types of silk seen, are cribellate and viscid silk. Cribellate silk is produced by the behavioral trait of combing the silk with the spiders hindlegs to achieve the adhesion property needed to capture prey in a web. This study aims to classify the most primitive cribellate capture thread, from a species not studied thus far- Hypochilus pococki. Previous studies on cribellate silk, have produced extraordinary tensile results, increasing the need to study more cribellate species (Michalik et al, 2019). The results found suggest that Hypochilus pococki, does not exhibit extreme values of tensile mechanics, but more of an average value when compared to other cribellate species. Hypochilus pococki is one of the most primitive cribellate species around today, so the results further our understanding of common ancestral tensile mechanics among all spiders.
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Waggoner, Morgan, "Exploring Tensile Mechanics of Cribellar Hypochilus pococki" (2020). Williams Honors College, Honors Research Projects. 1076.