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      Notes on the predation of an assassin bug by a spider in a Neotropical cave

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          Intraguild predation have rarely been documented in scientific literature, even though this type of interaction can affect population dynamics and competition. In this study we present an intraguild predation event that occurred at different times, but in the same cave, where we observed spiders of the species Enoploctenus cyclotorax preying on specimens of assassin bug Zelurus diasi. Inside the studied caves, food resources are scarce and populations can be fairly small in size. It is possible, therefore, that these events are the result of ecological pressures imposed by the hypogean environment.

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                Author and article information

                Journal
                Subterranean Biology
                SB
                Pensoft Publishers
                1314-2615
                1768-1448
                January 17 2020
                January 17 2020
                : 33
                : 17-22
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                10.3897/subtbiol.33.48292
                © 2020

                http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

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