Water surface locomotion by spiders: Distinct gaits in diverse
Suter, Stratton, & Miller (2003): Journal of Arachnology,
sp. at the entrance to its burrow. When
on the water surface, these spiders walk just as they do on land,
but their progress is slow.
newly molted tetragnathid.
When on the water surface, these spiders use their first pair of legs,
alternately, for propulsion.
across the water surface using its second and third pairs of legs,
the members of each leg pair moving in unison.
it needs to move rapidly, Dolomedes switches gaits and gallops
across the water.
use a rowing motion to move across the water surface. The members
of the third pair of legs, moving in unison, provide most of the propulsive
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