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‘Natural experiment’ Demonstrates Top-Down Control of Spiders by Birds on a Landscape Level

  • Haldre Rogers mail,

    haldre@rice.edu

    Affiliation: Department of Biology, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, United States of America

    Current address: Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Rice University, Houston, Texas, United States of America

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  • Janneke Hille Ris Lambers,

    Affiliation: Department of Biology, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, United States of America

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  • Ross Miller,

    Affiliation: University of Guam, Western Pacific Tropical Research Center, Mangilao, Guam

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  • Joshua J. Tewksbury

    Affiliation: Department of Biology, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, United States of America

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  • Published: September 07, 2012
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0043446

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Media Coverage of This Article

Posted by PLoS_ONE_Group on 21 Sep 2012 at 23:32 GMT

The following articles represent some of the media coverage that has occurred for this paper:

Publication: UPI
Title: “Bird loss has island overrun with spiders - UPI.com”
http://www.upi.com/Scienc...

Publication: Slate
Title: “Guam's spider infestation due to invasive brown snakes.”
http://www.slate.com/blog...

Publication: French Tribune
Title: “Garden Spiders in Guam in Highest Numbers | French Tribune”
http://frenchtribune.com/...

Publication: Surfbirds News
Title: “Due to Loss of Native Birds, Arachnophobes May Want to Stay Away from Guam | surfbirds”
http://www.surfbirds.com/...

Publication: io9
Title: “How Invasive Snakes Have Turned Guam Into a Spider-Infested Horror Show”
http://io9.com/5943177/ho...

Publication: Geekosystem
Title: “Guam Now Spider Island Due to Invasive Bird-Eating Snake | Geekosystem”
http://www.geekosystem.co...

Publication: Reptile Channel
Title: “Lack of Birds on Guam Causes Spider Populations to Explode”
http://www.reptilechannel...

Publication: Newser
Title: “First Snakes, Now Spiders Take Over Guam - Tree snakes devoured most of the spider-eating birds”
http://www.newser.com/sto...

Publication: French Tribune
Title: “Guam's Jungles Infested by Spiders, Say Researchers | French Tribune”
http://frenchtribune.com/...

Publication: Global Post
Title: “Guam is plagued by alien snakes and deadly spiders”
http://www.globalpost.com...

Publication: DVICE
Title: “Tourism bureau probably doesn't mention Guam's covered in spiders | DVICE”
http://dvice.com/archives...

Publication: UPI
Title: “Bird loss has island overrun with spiders - UPI.com”
http://www.upi.com/Scienc...

Publication: Our Amazing Planet
Title: “Guam Overrun By Spiders Due to Lack of Birds | OurAmazingPlanet.com”
http://www.ouramazingplan...

Publication: EurekAlert
Title: “Snakes minus birds equals more spiders for Guam”
http://www.eurekalert.org...

Publication: Radio Australia
Title: “Introduced snakes creates 'spider island' | Pacific Beat | ABC Radio Australia”
http://www.radioaustralia...

Publication: National Geographic News Watch
Title: “Spiders Take Control as Birds Fade From Guam - News Watch”
http://newswatch.national...

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RE: Media Coverage of This Article

PLoS_ONE_Group replied to PLoS_ONE_Group on 28 Sep 2012 at 21:39 GMT

The following article represents some of the media coverage that has occurred for this paper:

Publication: MSN Now
Title: “Guam sees increased spider populations thanks to brown tree snakes”
http://now.msn.com/guam-s...

Publication: NPR
Title: “Hungry Snakes Trap Guam In Spidery Web : NPR”
http://www.npr.org/2012/0...

Publication: Audubon Magazine
Title: “Snakes Wipe Out Birds, Making Way for Spider Takeover on Guam | Audubon Magazine Blog”
http://magblog.audubon.or...

Publication: Rice University
Title: “Snakes minus birds equals more spiders for Guam”
http://news.rice.edu/2012...

Publication: University of Washington
Title: “As birds go down, spiders go up on the island of Guam (and the press has a field day) | Tewksbury Lab”
http://faculty.washington...

Publication: Marianas Variety
Title: “Guam expert says spiders pose no threat to agriculture”
http://www.mvariety.com/c...

Publication: Kuam News
Title: “Guam's spiders outnumber other islands - KUAM.com-KUAM News: On Air. Online. On Demand.”
http://www.kuam.com/story...

Publication: Grist.org
Title: “Guam is entirely infested with spiders, and it's all the fault of invasive snakes | Grist”
http://grist.org/list/gua...

Publication: Mongabay.com
Title: “Arachnopocalypse: with birds away, the spiders play in Guam”
http://news.mongabay.com/...

If you see any additional coverage of this paper in the press or blogosphere, please reply to this thread and add the link to the article.

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RE: RE: Media Coverage of This Article

PLoS_ONE_Group replied to PLoS_ONE_Group on 17 Nov 2012 at 00:22 GMT

The following article represents some of the media coverage that has occurred for this paper:

Publication: KALW
Title: “Hungry Snakes Trap Guam In Spidery Web | KALW”
http://www.kalw.org/post/...

If you see any additional coverage of this paper in the press or blogosphere, please reply to this thread and add the link to the article.

Competing interests declared: PLOS ONE Staff

RE: Media Coverage of This Article

PLoS_ONE_Group replied to PLoS_ONE_Group on 24 May 2013 at 20:23 GMT

Publication: PLOS Blogs
Title: “Hairy, Sticky Leg Pads are In: How Different Spiders Hunt | EveryONE”
http://blogs.plos.org/eve...

Competing interests declared: PLoS ONE staff