Model Organism (neurobiology, development, behaviour, sensory physiology, venom physiology). Provides appropriate phylogenetic sampling across diversity of order Araneae. The model organism for chelicerate neuroarchitecture. Has provided insights into development (role of molecules in axis formation and segmentation and to describe the mechanisms of neural development in chelicerates. Many of these studies have used the findings in a comparative approach, trying to resolve more general questions of arthropod phylogeny and evolution.
This is the most intensively investigated spider species since ever with most publications for one spider species. Many investigations are unique among spiders, e.g. embryology, sensory organs and sensory physiology, behaviour, immune system, digestion, nutritionalecology, and many more.
Easily obtainable from from several lab stocks in Europe.