Cannibalism in animals

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A female silk spider eating its mate

In zoology, cannibalism is where an animal eats its own species. It has been recorded for more than 1500 species [1] It is quite common with insects, spiders and scorpions. There, the male gets eaten by the female, after having sexual intercourse.

References[change | change source]

  1. G. A. Polis, The evolution and dynamics of intraspecific predation. Annual Review of Ecology and Systematics 12, 225-251 (1981).

Further reading[change | change source]

  • M. A. Elgar and Bernard J. Crespi (eds.). 1992. Cannibalism: Ecology and Evolution of Cannibalism among Diverse Taxa Oxford University Press, New York. (361pp) ISBN 0198546505