Animal Coloration: Sexy Spider Scales

Lisa A. Taylor, Kevin McGraw

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15 Scopus citations


Many male jumping spiders display vibrant colors that are used in visual communication. A recent microscopic study on a jumping spider from Singapore shows that three-layered 'scale sandwiches' of chitin and air are responsible for producing their brilliant iridescent body coloration.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)R592-R593
JournalCurrent Biology
Issue number15
StatePublished - Aug 7 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Neuroscience
  • General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology
  • General Agricultural and Biological Sciences


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