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Golobinek R., Gregorič M., Kralj-Fišer S. Body size, not personality, explains both male mating success and sexual cannibalism in a widow spider. Biology 10, 189. Full text

Quiñones Lebrón S. G., Kuntner M., Kralj-Fišer S. 2021. The effect of genetics, diet, and social environment on adult male size in a sexually dimorphic spider. Evolutionary Ecology.

Xu, X., Su, Y.-S., Ho, S. Y. W., Kuntner, M., Ono, H., Liu, F., Chang, C.-C., Warrit, N., Sivayyapram, V., Aung, K. P. P., Pham, D. S., Norma-Rashid, Y., Li, D. 2021. Phylogenomic analysis of ultraconserved elements resolves the evolutionary and biogeographic history of segmented trapdoor spiders. Systematic Biology syaa098. Full text


Abel C., Schneider J. M., Kuntner M., Harms D. 2020. Phylogeography of the ‘cosmopolitan’ orb-weaver Argiope trifasciata (Araneae: Araneidae). Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 131: 61–75. PDF

Agnarsson, I. & Kuntner, M. 2020. Araneae. Pp. 613–616 in Phylonyms: A Companion to the PhyloCode (K. de Queiroz, P.D. Cantino, and J.A. Gauthier, eds.). CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL, USA.

Agnarsson, I. & Kuntner, M. 2020. Mesothelae. Pp. 617–618 in Phylonyms: A Companion to the PhyloCode (K. de Queiroz, P.D. Cantino, and J.A. Gauthier, eds.). CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL, USA.

Agnarsson, I. & Kuntner, M. 2020. Araneomorphae. Pp. 623–624 in Phylonyms: A Companion to the PhyloCode (K. de Queiroz, P.D. Cantino, and J.A. Gauthier, eds.). CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL, USA.

Čandek K., Pristovšek U., Kuntner M. 2020. Machine learning approaches identify male body size as the most accurate predictor of species richness. BMC biology 18: 1-16. Full text

Čandek K., Agnarsson I., Binford G., Kuntner M. 2020. Caribbean golden orbweaving spiders maintain gene flow with North America. Zoologica scripta 49: 210-221. PDF

Herczeg G., Hafenscher V. P., Balázs G., Fišer Ž., Kralj-Fišer S., Horváth G. 2020. Is foraging innovation lost following colonization of a less variable environment? A case study in surface- vs. cave-dwelling Asellus aquaticus. Ecology and evolution 10: 5323-5331. Full text

Kralj-Fišer S., Premate E., Copilaş-Ciocianu D., Volk T., Fišer Ž., Balázs G., Herczeg G., Delić T., Fišer C. 2020. The interplay between habitat use, morphology and locomotion in subterranean crustaceans of the genus Niphargus. Zoology 139: 1-8. PDF

Kuntner, M. & Agnarsson, I. 2020. Opisthothelae. Pp. 619–620 in Phylonyms: A Companion to the PhyloCode (K. de Queiroz, P.D. Cantino, and J.A. Gauthier, eds.). CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL, USA.

Kuntner, M. & Agnarsson, I. 2020. Mygalomorphae. Pp. 621–622 in Phylonyms: A Companion to the PhyloCode (K. de Queiroz, P.D. Cantino, and J.A. Gauthier, eds.). CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL, USA.

Kuntner M., Coddington J. A. 2020. Sexual size dimorphism: evolution and perils of extreme phenotypes in spiders. Annual review of entomology 65: 57-80. PDF


Luo Y., Goh S. P., Li D., Gonzaga M. O., Santos A. J., Tanikawa A., Yoshida H., Haddad C. R., May-Collado L. J., Gregorič M., Turk E., Kuntner M., Agnarsson I. 2020. Global diversification of Anelosimus spiders driven by long distance overwater dispersal and Neogene climate oscillations. Systematic Biology 69: 1122–1136. PDF


Šilc U., Vreš B., Čelik T., Gregorič M. 2020. Biodiversity of Slovenia. In: The Geography of Slovenia (Springer).

Turk E., Čandek, K., Kralj-Fišer, S., Kuntner M. 2020. Biogeographical history of golden orbweavers : chronology of a global conquest. Journal of biogeography 47: 1333-1344. Full text

Xu X., Kuntner M., Bond, J. E., Ono, H., Ho S. Y. W., Liu F., Yu L., Li D. 2020. Molecular species delimitation in the primitively segmented spider genus Heptathela endemic to Japanese islands. Molecular phylogenetics and evolution 151: 1-8. PDF


Čandek K., Agnarsson I., Binford G., Kuntner M. 2019. Biogeography of the Caribbean Cyrtognatha spiders. Scientific reports 9: 1-14. Full text


Fatemi Y., Malek-Hossseini M. J., Falniowski A., Hofman S., Kuntner M., Grego J. 2019. Description of a new genus and species as the first gastropod species from caves in Iran. Journal of caves and karst studies: a publication of the National Speleological Society 81: 233-243. Full text

Garb J. E., Haney R. A., Schwager E. E., Gregorič M., Kuntner M., Agnarsson I. & Blackledge T. A. 2019. The transcriptome of Darwin’s bark spider silk glands predicts proteins contributing to dragline silk toughness. Communications Biology 2: 275 Full text


Kralj-Fišer S., Gregorič M. 2019. Spider welfare. In: The welfare of invertebrate animals (Springer). PDF

Kralj-Fišer S., Laskowski K. L., Garcia-Gonzalez F. 2019. Sex differences in the genetic architecture of aggressiveness in a sexually dimorphic spider. Ecology and evolution 9: 10758-10766. Full text


Kuntner M., Hamilton C. A., Cheng R.-C., Gregorič M., Lupše N., Lokovšek T., Moriarty Lemmon E., Lemmon A. R., Agnarsson I., Coddington J. A. & Bond J. E. 2019. Golden orbweavers ignore biological rules: Phylogenomic and comparative analyses unravel a complex evolution of sexual size dimorphism. Systematic Biology 68: 555–572. Full text

Quiñones Lebrón S. G., Gregorič M., Kuntner M. & Kralj-Fišer. 2019. Small size does not confer male agility advantages in a sexually-size dimorphic spider. PLoS ONE 14(5): e0216036. Full text

Tong Y., Binford G., Rheims C. A., Kuntner M., Liu J., Agnarsson I. 2019. Huntsmen of the Caribbean: multiple tests of the GAARlandia hypothesis. Molecular phylogenetics and evolution: 130: 259-268. PDF

Xu X., Ono H., Kuntner M., Liu F., Li D. 2019. A taxonomic monograph of the liphistiid spider genus Heptathela, endemic to Japanese islands. ZooKeys 888: 1-50. Full text

Zhan Y., Jiang He., Wu Q., Zhang H., Bai Z., Kuntner M., Tu L. 2019. Comparative morphology refines the conventional model of spider reproduction. PloS one 14: 1-16. Full text


Chamberland, L., McHugh, A., Kechejian, S., Binford, G. J., Bond, J. E., Coddington, J.,  Dolman, G., Hamilton, C. A., Harvey, M. S., Kuntner, M. & Agnarsson, I. 2018. From Gondwana to GAARlandia: Evolutionary history and biogeography of ogre‐faced spiders (Deinopis). Journal of Biogeography 00: 1–16. PDF


Kuntner, M. & Agnarsson, I. 2018. Diversity of tropical spiders. Frontiers for Young Minds 6:64. Full text


Tong, Y., Binfordc, G., Rheims, C. A., Kuntner, M., Liu, J. & Agnarsson, I. 2018. Huntsmen of the Caribbean: Multiple tests of the GAARlandia hypothesis. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 130: 259-268. PDF


Turk, E., Kuntner, M. & Kralj-Fišer, S. 2018. Cross-sex genetic correlation does not extend to sexual size dimorphism in spiders. The Science of Nature 105: 1. PDF

Xu, X., Kuntner, M., Liu, F., Chen, J. & Li, D.Q. 2018. Formation of rivers and mountains drives diversification of primitively segmented spiders in continental East Asia. Journal of Biogeography 45: 2080–2091. PDF


Babb, P. L., Lahens, N. L., Correa-Garhwal, S. C., Nicholson, D. N., Kim, E. J., Hogenesch, J. B., Kuntner, M., Higgins, L., Hayashi, C. Y., Agnarsson, I. & Voight, B. F. 2017. The Nephila clavipes genome highlights the diversity of spider silk genes and their complex expression. Nature Genetics doi:10.1038/ng.3852. Full text


Gorički, Š., Stanković, D., Snoj, A., Kuntner, M., Jeffery, W. R., Trontelj, P., Pavićević, M., Grizelj, Z., Năpăruş-Aljančič, M. & Aljančič, G. 2017. Environmental DNA in subterranean biology: range extension and taxonomic implications for Proteus. Scientific Reports 7: 45054. Full text


Kralj-Fišer, S., Hebets, E. A. & Kuntner, M. 2017. Different patterns of behavioral variation across and within species of spiders with differing degrees of urbanization. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 71:125. PDF


Kuntner, M. 2017. Chapter 43 NEPHILIDAE. Pp 191-192. In: Spiders of North America, an identification manual (eds Ubick, D., Paquin, P., Cushing, P. E., Roth, V.).


Năpăruş-Aljančič, M., Gorički, Š., Stanković, D., Kuntner, M. & Aljančič, G. 2017. GIS analysis to assess the groundwater habitat pollution of black proteus. Natura Sloveniae 19: 47-49. Full text


Xu, X., Liu, F., Ono, H., Chen, J., Kuntner, M. & Li, D.Q. 2017. Targeted sampling in Ryukyus facilitates species delimitation of the primitively segmented spider genus Ryuthela (Araneae: Mesothelae: Liphistiidae). Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, XX, 1–43. PDF

Xu, X., Liu, F., Kuntner, M. & Li, D. 2017. Four new species of the primitively segmented spider genus Qiongthela from Hainan island, China (Mesothelae, Liphistiidae). Full text


Agnarsson, I., LeQuier, S.M., Kuntner, M., Cheng, R.C., Coddington, J.A. & Binford, G. 2016. Phylogeography of a good Caribbean disperser: Argiope argentata (Araneae, Araneidae) and a new ‘cryptic’ species from Cuba. ZooKeys 625: 25-44 Full text


Agnarsson, I., Gotelli, N.J., Agostini, D. & Kuntner, M. 2016. Limited role of character displacement in the coexistence of congeneric Anelosimus spiders in a Madagascan montane forest. Ecography 38: 743–753. Full text


Cao, X., Liu, J., Chen, J., Zheng, G., Kuntner, M. & Agnarsson I. 2016. Rapid dissemination of taxonomic discoveries based on DNA barcoding and morphology. Scientific Reports 6: 37066. Full text


Coddington, J.A., Agnarsson, I., Cheng, R.C., Čandek, K., Driskell, A., Frick, H., Gregorič, M., Kostanjšek, R., Kropf, C., Kweskin, M., Lokovšek, T., Pipan, M., Vidergar, N. & Kuntner, M. 2016. DNA barcode data accurately assign higher spider taxa. PeerJ 4: e2201. Full text


Gavín-Centol, M.P., Kralj-Fišer, S., De Mas, E., Ruiz-Lupión, D. & Moya-Laraño, J. 2016. Feeding regime, adult age and sexual size dimorphism as determinants of pre-copulatory sexual cannibalism in virgin wolf spiders. Behavioral Ecology Sociobiology. doi:10.1007/s00265-016-2228-6. PDF


Gorički, Š., Stanković, D., Aljančič, M., Snoj, A., Kuntner, M., Gredar, T., Vodnik, L., Aljančič, G. 2016. Searching for the black Proteus with the help of eDNA. (EN) Iskanje črnega močerila s pomočjo okoljske DNA. Natura Sloveniae 18: 57-58. PDF


Gregorič, M., Šuen, K., Cheng, R.C., Kralj-Fišer, S. & Kuntner, M. 2016. Spider sexual behaviors include oral sexual encounters. Scientific Reports 6: 25128. Full text


Kralj-Fišer, S., Čandek, K., Lokovšek, T., Čelik, T., Cheng, R.C., Elgar, M.A. & Kuntner, M. 2016. Mate choice and sexual size dimorphism, not personality, explain female aggression and sexual cannibalism in raft spiders. Animal Behaviour 111: 49-55. PDF


Krehenwinkel, H., Rödder, D., Năpăruş-Aljančič, M. & Kuntner, M. 2016. Rapid genetic and ecological differentiation during the northern range expansion of the venomous yellow sac spider Cheiracanthium punctorium in Europe. Evolutionary Applications doi:10.1111/eva.12392 Full text


Kuntner, M. & Cheng, R.C. 2016. Evolutionary pathways maintaining extreme female-biased sexual size dimorphism: Convergent spider cases defy common patterns. In: Pontarotti, P. (ed) Evolutionary biology: Convergent evolution, evolution of complex traits, concepts and methods. Springer International Publishing, Cham, pp 121–133. DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-41324-2_8. 


Kuntner, M., Cheng, R.C., Kralj-Fišer S., Liao C.P., Schneider J. M. & Elgar M. A. 2016. The evolution of genital complexity and mating rates in sexually size dimorphic spiders. BMC Evolutionary Biology 16: 242. Full text


Kuntner, M., Gregorič, M., Cheng, R.C. & Li, D.Q. 2016. Leaf masquerade in an orb web spider. Journal of Arachnology 44:397–400. PDF

Lupše, N., Cheng, R.C. & Kuntner, M. 2016. Coevolution of female and male genital components to avoid genital size mismatches in sexually dimorphic spiders. BMC Evolutionary Biology 16:161. Full text


Stanković, D., Gorički, Š., Aljančič, M., Snoj, A., Kuntner, M., Aljančič, G. 2016. Application of environmental DNA for detection of Proteus. (EN) Uporaba okoljske DNA pri iskanju človeške ribice. Natura Sloveniae 18:55-56. PDF


Quiñones-Lebrón S.G., Kralj-Fišer, S., Gregorič, M., Lokovšek, T., Čandek, K., Haddad, C.R. & Kuntner, M. 2016. Potential costs of heterospecific sexual interactions in golden orbweb spiders (Nephila spp.). Scientific Reports 6:36908. Full text


Xu, X., Liu, F., Chen, J., Ono, H., Agnarsson, I., Li, D.Q. & Kuntner, M. 2016. Pre-Pleistocene geological events shaping diversification and distribution of primitively segmented spiders on East Asian margins. Journal of Biogeography 43: 1004-1019. PDF


Agnarsson, I., Jencik, B.B., Veve, G.M., Rahanitriniaina, S., Agostini, D., Goh, S.P., Pruitt, J. & Kuntner, M. 2015. Systematics of the Madagascar Anelosimus spiders: remarkable local richness and endemism, and dual colonization from the Americas. ZooKeys 509: 13-52. Full text


Cheng, R.-C. & Kuntner, M. 2015. Disentangling the size and shape components of sexual dimorphism. Evolutionary Biology 42: 223–234. Full text


Čandek, K., Gregorič, M., Kostanjšek, R., Frick, H., Kropf, C. & Kuntner, M. 2015. Corrigendum: Targeting a portion of central European spider diversity for permanent preservation. Biodiversity Data Journal 3: e4301. Full text


Čandek, K. & Kuntner, M. 2015. DNA barcoding gap: reliable species identification over morphological and geographical scales. Molecular Ecology Resources 15: 268-277. PDF


Gregorič, M., Agnarsson, I., Blackledge, T.A. & Kuntner, M. 2015. Phylogenetic position and composition of Zygiellinae and Caerostris, with new insight into orb-web evolution and gigantism. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 175: 225–243. Full text


Gregorič, M., Blackledge, T.A., Agnarsson, I.,  & Kuntner, M. 2015. A molecular phylogeny of bark spiders reveals new species from Africa and Madagascar (Araneae: Araneidae: Caerostris). Journal of Arachnology 43: 293–312. PDF


Gregorič, M., Kuntner, M. & Blackledge, T.A. 2015. Does body size predict foraging effort? Patterns of material investment in spider orb webs. Journal of Zoology 296: 67–78. PDF


Kostanjšek, R. & Kuntner, M. 2015. Araneae Sloveniae: A national spider species checklist. ZooKeys 474: 1–91. Full text


Kuntner, M., Agnarsson, I. & Daiqin Li. 2015. The eunuch phenomenon: adaptive evolution of genital emasculation in sexually dimorphic spiders. Biological reviews 90: 279–296. PDF


Kuntner, M., Pristovšek, U.,  Cheng, R.-C., Li, D., Zhang, S.,  Tso, I-M., Liao C.-P., Miller J. A. & Kralj-Fišer, S. 2015. Eunuch supremacy: evolution of post-mating spider emasculation. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 69: 117–126. Full text


Lee, V.M.J., Kuntner, M. & Li, D. 2015. Ballooning behavior in the golden orbweb spider Nephila pilipes (Araneae: Nephilidae). Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution 3:2. Full text


Xu, X., Liu, F., Chen, J., Li, D.Q. & Kuntner, M. 2015. Integrative taxonomy of the primitively segmented spider genus Ganthela (Araneae: Mesothelae: Liphistiidae): DNA barcoding gap agrees with morphology. Full text


Xu, X., Liu, F., Chen, J., Ono, H., Li, D.Q. & Kuntner, M. 2015. A genus-level taxonomic review of primitively segmented spiders (Mesothelae, Liphistiidae). ZooKeys 488: 121-151. Full text


Xu, X., Lui, F., Cheng, R.C., Chen J., Xu, X., Zhang, Z., Ono, H., Pham D.S., Norma-Rashid, Y., Arnedo, M., Kuntner, M. & Li D.Q.  2015. Extant primitively segmented spiders have recently diversified from an ancient lineage. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 282: 20142486. Full text


Agnarsson, I., Cheng, R. C. & Kuntner, M. 2014. A multi-clade test supports the intermediate dispersal model of biogeography. PLoS ONE 9: e86780 Full text


Aljančič, G., Gorički, Š, Năpăruş, M., Stanković, D. & Kuntner, M. 2014. Endangered Proteus: Combining DNA and GIS analyses for its conservation. Pp. 71-75 in: Dinaric Karst Poljes – Floods for Life (Sackl P., Durst R., Kotrošan D. & Stumberger B, Eds.). EuroNatur, Radolfzell. PDF


Cheng, R.-C. & Kuntner, M. 2014. Phylogeny suggests non-directional and isometric evolution of sexual size dimorphism in argiopine spiders. Evolution. doi:10.1111/evo.12504. Full text


Kralj-Fišer, S., Čelik, T., Lokovšek, T., Šuen, K., Šiling, R. & Kuntner, M. 2014. Development and growth in synanthropic species: plasticity and constraints. Naturwissenschaften. doi: 10.1007/s00114-014-1194-y. PDF


Kralj-Fišer, S. & Schuett, W. 2014. Studying personality variation in invertebrates: why bother? Animal Behaviour 91: 41-52. PDF


Kuntner, M. 2014. Climate change and spider biodiversity: Redefining araneological research priorities. Crop Protection 61: 109. PDF


Kuntner, M. & Elgar, M. A. 2014. Evolution and maintenance of sexual size dimorphism: Aligning phylogenetic and experimental evidence. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution 2: 26. Full text


Kuntner, M., Năpăruş, M., Li, D. & Coddington, J. A. 2014. Phylogeny predicts future habitat shifts due to climate change. PLoS ONE 9: e98907. Full text


Vidergar, N., Toplak, N. & Kuntner, M. 2014. Streamlining DNA barcoding protocols: Automated DNA extraction and a new cox1 primer in arachnid systematics. PLoS ONE 9: e113030. Full text


Agnarsson, I., Aviles, L., P., Maddison, W. P. 2013. Loss of genetic variability in social spiders: genetic and phylogenetic consequences of population subdivision and inbreeding. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 25: 27-37 Full text


Agnarsson, I., Coddington, J.A. & Kuntner, M. 2013. Systematics – progress in the study of spider diversity and evolution. Pp. 58-111. In: Spider Research in the 21st Century (Ed. Penney D). Siri Scientific Press, Manchester, UK. PDF


Čandek, K., Gregorič, M., Kostanjšek, R., Frick, H., Kropf, C. & Kuntner M. 2013. Targeting a portion of central European spider diversity for permanent preservation. Biodiversity Data Journal 1: e980 Full text


Gregorič, M., Kiesbüy, H. C., Quiñones Lebrón, S. G., Rozman, A., Agnarsson, I. & Kuntner, M. 2013. Optimal foraging, not biogenetic law, predicts spider orb web allometry. Naturwissenschaften 100: 263-268. PDF


Kralj-Fišer, S., Daisley, J.N. & Kotrschal, K. 2013. Individuals matter: Personalities. Pp. 45-65. In: The Social Life of Geese (Editors: Scheiber, I.B.R., Weiß, B.M. & Kotrschal, K.). Oxford University Press. 


Kralj-Fišer, S., Gregorič, M., Lokovšek, T., Čelik, T. & Kuntner, M. 2013. A glimpse into the sexual biology of the “zygiellid” spider genus Leviellus. Journal of Arachnology 41: 387–391. PDF


Kralj-Fišer, S., Sanguino Mostajo, G.A., Preik, O.A., Pekar, S. & Schneider, J. 2013. Assortative mating by aggressiveness type in orb weaving spiders. Behavioral Ecology doi:10.1093/beheco/art030. Full text


Kralj-Fišer, S., Schneider, J.M. & Kuntner, M. 2013. Challenging the aggressive spillover hypothesis: Is pre-copulatory sexual cannibalism a part of a behavioural syndrome? Ethology 119: 615-623. Full text


Kuntner, M., Arnedo, M.A., Trontelj, P., Lokovšek, T. & Agnarsson, I. 2013. A molecular phylogeny of nephilid spiders: Evolutionary history of a model lineage. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 69: 961–979. PDF


Agnarsson, I., Gregorič, M., Blackledge, T.A. & Kuntner, M. 2012. The phylogenetic placement of Psechridae within Entelegynae and the convergent origin of orb-like spider webs. Journal of Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research 51: 100-106. PDF


Agnarsson, I. & Kuntner, M. 2012. The generation of a biodiversity hotspot: Biogeography and phylogeography of the western Indian ocean islands. In: Current Topics in Phylogenetics and Phylogeography of Terrestrial and Aquatic Systems (Ed. Kesara Anamthawat-Jonsson). Rijeka: In Tech Publishers, pp. 33-82. ISBN 978-953-51-0217-5. PDF


Agnarsson, I., Kuntner, M. & Blackledge, T. A. 2012. Darwin’s Bark Spider. Pp. 52-54. In: McGraw-Hill Yearbook of Science and Technology. McGraw-Hill, New York.

Blackledge T. A., Kuntner M., Marhabaie M., Leeper M. T. & Agnarsson I. 2012. Biomaterial evolution parallels behavioral innovation in the origin of orb-like spider webs. Scientific Reports 2: 833. Full text


Coddington, J., Kuntner, M. & Opell, B. D. 2012. Systematics of the spider family Deinopidae with a revision of the genus Menneus. Smithsonian Contributions to Zoology 636: 1-61. Full text

Kralj-Fišer, S. & Kuntner, M. 2012. Eunuchs as better fighters? Naturwissenschaften 99:95–101. PDF


Kralj-Fišer, S. & Schneider, J. M. 2012 Individual behavioural consistency and plasticity in an urban spider. Animal Behaviour 84: 197-204. PDF


Kralj-Fišer, S., Schneider, J., Justinek, Ž., Kalin, S., Gregorič, M., Pekár, S. & Kuntner, M. 2012. Mate quality, not aggressive spillover, explains sexual cannibalism in a size dimorphic spider. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 66: 145–151. PDF


Kuntner, M., Gregorič, M., Zhang, S., Kralj-Fišer, S. & Li, D. 2012. Mating plugs in polyandrous giants: Which sex produces them when how and why? PLoS ONE 7: e40939. Full text


Kuntner, M., Zhang, S., Gregorič, M. & Li, D. 2012. Nephila female gigantism attained through post-maturity molting. Journal of Arachnology 40:345–347. PDF


Lee, Q., Oh, J., Kralj-Fišer, S., Kuntner, M. & Li, D. 2012. Emasculation: gloves-off strategy enhances eunuch spider endurance. Biology Letters 8: 733–735. Full text


Li, D., Oh, J., Kralj-Fišer, S. & Kuntner M. 2012. Remote copulation: male adaptation to female cannibalism. Biology Letters 8: 512–515. Full text


Năpăruş, M. & Kuntner, M. 2012. A GIS model predicting potential distributions of a lineage: a test case on Hermit spiders (Nephilidae: Nephilengys). PLoS ONE 7: e30047. Full text


Vamberger, M., Lipovšek, G. & Gregorič M. 2012. First reproduction record of Trachemys scripta (Schoepff, 1792), in Slovenia. Herpetozoa 25: 76-79. PDF


Blackledge, T. A., Kuntner, M. & Agnarsson, I. 2011. The form and function of spider orb webs: evolution from silk to ecosystems. Advances in Insect Physiology 41: 175-262. PDF


Gregorič, M., Agnarsson, I., Blackledge, T. A. & Kuntner, M. 2011. How did the spider cross the river? Behavioral adaptations for river-bridging webs in Caerostris darwini (Araneae: Araneidae). PLoS ONE 6: e26847. Full text


Gregorič, M., Agnarsson, I., Blackledge, T. A. & Kuntner, M. 2011. Darwin’s bark spider: Giant prey in giant orb webs (Caerostris darwini, Araneae: Araneidae)? Journal of Arachnology 39: 287-295. PDF


Higgins, L., Coddington, J. A., Goodnight, C. & Kuntner, M. 2011. Testing ecological and developmental hypotheses of mean and variation in adult size in nephilid orb-weaving spiders. Evolutionary Ecology 25: 1289–1306. PDF


Kralj-Fišer, S., Gregorič, M., Zhang, S., Li, D. & Kuntner, M. 2011. Eunuchs are better fighters. Animal Behaviour 81: 933-939. PDF


Kuntner, M. & Agnarsson, I. 2011. Phylogeography of a successful aerial disperser: the golden orb spider Nephila on Indian Ocean islands. BMC Evolutionary Biology 11: 119. Full text


Kuntner, M. & Agnarsson, I. 2011. Biogeography and diversification of hermit spiders on Indian Ocean islands (Nephilidae: Nephilengys). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 59: 477–488. PDF


Kuntner, M., May-Collado, L. J. & Agnarsson, I. 2011. Phylogeny and conservation priorities of afrotherian mammals (Afrotheria, Mammalia). Zoologica Scripta 40: 1-15. PDF


Luštrik, R., Turjak, M., Kralj-Fišer, S. & Fišer, C. 2011. Coexistence of surface and cave amphipods in an ecotone environment (spring area). Contributions to Zoology 80: 133-141. Full text


Pruitt, J. N., DiRienzo, N., Kralj-Fišer, S., Johnson, J. C. & Sih A. 2011. Individual- and condition-dependent effects on habitat choice and choosiness. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 65: 1987–1995. PDF


Su, Y.-C., Chang, Y.-H., Smith, D., Zhu, M.-S., Kuntner, M. & Tso, I.-M. 2011. Biogeography and speciation patterns of the golden orb spider genus Nephila in Asia (Araneae: Nephilidae). Zoological Science 28: 47-55. PDF


Valentinčič, T., Miklavc, P., Kralj-Fišer, S. & Zgonik, V. 2011. Olfactory discrimination of complex mixtures of amino acids by the black bullhead Ameiurus melas. Journal of Fish Biology 79: 33-52. PDF


Zhang, S., Kuntner, M. & Li, D. 2011. Mate binding: male adaptation to sexual conflict in the golden orb-web spider (Nephilidae: Nephila pilipes). Animal Behaviour 82: 1299-1304. PDF


Agnarsson, I., Kuntner, M. & Blackledge, T. A. 2010. Bioprospecting finds the toughest biological material: extraordinary silk from a giant riverine orb spider. PLoS ONE 5: e11234. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0011234. Full text


Agnarsson, I., Kuntner, M., Coddington, J. A. & Blackledge, T. A. 2010. Shifting continents, not behaviors: independent colonization of solitary and subsocial Anelosimus spider lineages on Madagascar (Araneae, Theridiidae). Zoologica Scripta 39: 75-87. PDF


Agnarsson, I., Kuntner, M. & May-Collado, L. J. 2010. Dogs, cats, and kin: A molecular species-level phylogeny of Carnivora. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 54: 726-745. PDF


Gregorič, M., Kostanjšek, R. & Kuntner, M. 2010. Orb web features as taxonomic characters in Zygiella s.l. (Araneae, Araneidae). Journal of Arachnology 38: 319-327. PDF


Kralj-Fišer, S., Scheiber, I. B. R., Kotrschal, K., Weiß, B. M., Wascher, C. A. F. 2010. Glucocorticoids enhance and suppress heart rate and behaviour in time dependent manner in greylag geese (Anser anser). Physiology & Behavior 100: 394-400. PDF


Kralj-Fišer, S., Weiss, B. M. & Kotrschal, K. 2010. Behavioural and physiological correlates of personality in greylag geese (Anser anser). Journal of Ethology: 28, 363-370. PDF


Kuntner, M. & Agnarsson, I. 2010. Web gigantism in Darwin’s bark spider, a new species from Madagascar (Araneidae: Caerostris). Journal of Arachnology 38: 346-356. PDF


Kuntner, M., Gregorič, M. & Li, D. 2010. Mass predicts web asymmetry in Nephila spiders. Naturwissenschaften 97: 1097–1105. PDF


Kuntner, M., Kralj-Fišer, S. & Gregorič, M. 2010. Ladder webs in orb-web spiders: ontogenetic and evolutionary patterns in Nephilidae. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 99: 849-866. PDF


Novak, T., Tkavc, T., Kuntner, M., Arnett, A. E., Lipovšek Delakorda, S., Perc, M. & Janžekovič, F. 2010. Niche partitioning in orbweaving spiders Meta menardi and Metellina merianae (Tetragnathidae). Acta Oecologica 36: 522-529. PDF


Coddington, J. A., Agnarsson, I., Miller, J., Kuntner, M. & Hormiga, G. 2009. Undersampling bias: the null hypothesis for singleton species in tropical arthropod surveys. Journal of Animal Ecology 78: 573-584. Full text


Gregorič, M. & Kuntner, M. 2009. Epigean spider diversity in the classical Karst. Hacquetia 8: 67-78. PDF


Kuntner, M. & Agnarsson, I. 2009. Phylogeny accurately predicts behavior in Indian Ocean Clitaetra spiders (Araneae: Nephilidae). Invertebrate Systematics 23: 193-204. Full text


Kuntner, M., Agnarsson, I. & Gregorič, M. 2009. Nephilid spider eunuch phenomenon induced by female or rival male aggressiveness. Journal of Arachnology 37: 266-271. PDF


Kuntner, M. & Coddington, J. A. 2009. Discovery of the largest orbweaving spider species: the evolution of gigantism in Nephila. PLoS ONE 4: e7516 Full text


Kuntner, M., Coddington, J. A. & Schneider, J. M. 2009. Intersexual arms race? Genital coevolution in nephilid spiders (Araneae, Nephilidae). Evolution 63: 1451-1463. Full text


Kuntner, M., Kralj-Fišer, S., Schneider, J. M. & Li, D. 2009. Mate plugging via genital mutilation in nephilid spiders: an evolutionary hypothesis. Journal of Zoology 277: 257-266. PDF


Kuntner, M., Coddington, J. A. & Hormiga, G. 2008. Phylogeny of extant nephilid orb-weaving spiders (Araneae, Nephilidae): testing morphological and ethological homologies. Cladistics 24: 147-217. PDF


Kuntner, M., Haddad, C. R., Aljančič, G. & Blejec, A. 2008. Ecology and web allometry of Clitaetra irenae, an arboricolous African orb-weaving spider (Araneae, Araneoidea, Nephilidae). Journal of Arachnology 36: 583-594. PDF


Agnarsson, I. & Kuntner, M. 2007. Taxonomy in a changing world: Seeking solutions for a science in crisis. Systematic Biology 56: 531-539. Full text


Kralj-Fišer, S., Scheiber, I. B. R., Blejec, A., Mostl, E. & Kotrschal, K. 2007. Individualities in a flock of free-roaming greylag geese: Behavioral and physiological consistency over time and across situations. Hormones and Behavior 51: 239-248. PDF


Kuntner, M. 2007. A monograph of Nephilengys, the pantropical ‘hermit spiders’ (Araneae, Nephilidae, Nephilinae). Systematic Entomology 32: 95-135. PDF


Kuntner, M. 2006. Phylogenetic systematics of the Gondwanan nephilid spider lineage Clitaetrinae (Araneae, Nephilidae). Zoologica Scripta 35: 19-62. PDF


Kuntner, M. & Agnarsson, I. 2006. Are the Linnean and phylogenetic nomenclatural systems combinable? Recommendations for biological nomenclature. Systematic Biology 55: 774-784. Full text


Kuntner, M. & Alvarez-Padilla, F. 2006. Systematics of the Afro-Macaronesian spider genus Sancus (Araneae, Tetragnathidae). Journal of Arachnology 34: 113-125. PDF


Kuntner, M. & Levi, H. W. 2006. Nephila hirta, a new synonym of Eustala fuscovittata (Araneae, Araneidae). Journal of Arachnology 34: 444-447. PDF


Agnarsson, I. & Kuntner, M. 2005. Madagascar: An unexpected hotspot of social Anelosimus spider diversity (Araneae: Theridiidae). Systematic Entomology 30: 575-592. PDF


Kuntner, M. 2005. A revision of Herennia (Araneae, Nephilidae, Nephilinae), the Australasian ‘coin spiders’. Invertebrate Systematics 19: 391–436. PDF


Kuntner, M. 2005. On the validity of the Japanese spider genus Metimorpha (Araneae, Araneidae). Zoological Science 22: 1277-1278. PDF


Scheiber, I. B. R., Kralj, S. & Kotrschal, K. 2005. Sampling effort/frequency necessary to infer individual acute stress responses from fecal analysis in greylag geese (Anser anser). Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences 1046: 154-167. PDF


National Institute of Biology

Večna pot 111, Ljubljana, Slovenia


Jovan Hadži Institute of Biology ZRC SAZU

Novi trg 2, Ljubljana, Slovenia (seat)

- Zagorica 20, Ig, Slovenia (loc. 1)

- Moša Pijade 22, Maribor, Slovenia (loc. 2)

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