I am interested in the evolution of animal adaptations to the habitats they live in. My current research is focused in the adaptations of spiders to the particular habitat of tree trunks. As spiders can be predators and prey in most habitats I am studying the capture strategies and the mechanisms used to avoid becoming prey.
For this, my work includes three different species of spiders that are permanent residents of tree trunks: Two-tail spiders (Hersiliidae), the Australian ant-slayer (Euryopis umbilicata) and the uncommon ambush hunting of the jumping spider Arasia mullion (Salticidae).
My methodological approach includes, spectrometry, modelling of camouflage strategies to the visual systems of potential predator and prey, high speed video analysis, movement tracking and Scanning Electron Imaging.
Aceves-Aparicio, A., Tapia-McClung, H., Macías-Ordóñez, R., & Rao, D. (2018). Subsocial spiders in space and time: A fine scale approach to the dynamics of dispersal. Ethology, 146(4), 453–10. http://doi.org/10.1111/eth.12749
Hebets, E. A., Aceves-Aparicio, A., Aguilar-Argüello, S., Bingman, V. P., Escalante, I., Gering, E. J., et al. (2014). Multimodal sensory reliance in the nocturnal homing of the amblypygid Phrynus pseudoparvulus (Class Arachnida, Order Amblypygi)? Behavioural Processes, 108, 123–130. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.beproc.2014.09.014
Rao, D., & Aceves-Aparicio, A. (2012). Notes on the ecology and behavior of a subsocial spider Anelosimus baeza (Araneae: Theridiidae) in Mexico. The Journal of Arachnology, 40(3), 325–331. http://doi.org/10.1636/Hi12-23.1