Mate Choice In Spiders

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This activity guides the analysis of a published scientific figure from a study that investigated how males in a species of sexually cannibalistic spiders choose their mates. Students analyze the data available and answer discussion questions, drawing larger conclusions about mate choice behavior. Educator and students handouts are both present at the bottom of the page, as well as Spanish versions of all resources.

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  1. LessonHiveAdmin

    This is a nice practice for students in interpreting a stacked bar chart of animal behavior.

    The research paper this graph is from uses some archaic language to describe male and female behaviors (“Coy”, Seductive”) which might be discussed with respect to how human biases are sometimes projected onto the animals we study. That language is not reproduced in this teaching resource, thankfully.

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