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  • Zurek, D. B., Taylor, A. J., Evans, C. S., & Nelson, X. J. In Press. The role of the anterior lateral eyes in the vision-based behaviour of jumping spiders. Journal of Experimental Biology.
  • Nelson, X. J., Garnett, D. T. & Evans, C. S. 2010. Receiver psychology and the design of the deceptive caudal luring signal of the death adder. Animal Behaviour, 79: 555-561.  doi:10.1016/j.anbehav.20 09.12.011 Abstract  pdf   'In focus' summary of article in Animal Behaviour
  • Nelson, X. J. 2010. Polymorphism in an ant mimic. Journal of Arachnology, 38: 139-141. doi:10.1636/Hi09-36.1  Abstract  pdf
  • Nelson, X. J. 2010. Visual cues used by ant-like jumping spiders to distinguish conspecifics from their models. Journal of Arachnology, 38: 27-34.  doi:10.1636/Hi09-35.1 Abstract  pdf
  • Wilson, D. R., Nelson, X. J. & Evans, C. S. 2009. Seizing the opportunity: subordinate male fowl respond rapidly to variation in social context. Ethology, 115: 996-1004.  doi:10.1111/j.1439-0310.2009.01688.x Abstract  pdf
  • Nelson, X. J. & Jackson, R. R. 2009. Aggressive use of Batesian mimicry by an ant-like jumping spider. Biology Letters, 5: 755-757 doi: 10.1098/rsbl.2009.0355 Abstract pdf                                
  •  Nelson, X. J. & Jackson, R. R. 2009. Prey classification by an araneophagic ant-like jumping spider (Araneae: Salticidae). Journal of Zoology, 279: 173-179.  doi:10.1111/j.1469-7998.2009.00602.x Abstract pdf
  • Nelson, X. J. & Jackson, R. R. 2009. Collective Batesian mimicry of ant groups by aggregating spiders. Animal Behaviour, 78: 123-129.  doi:10.1016/j.anbehav.2009.04.005 Abstract pdf     Discovery Channel
  • Nelson, X. J., Salm, K. & Jackson, R. R. In Press. Specialized predatory behaviour of two East African assassin bugs. Journal of Insect Science. Abstract  pdf
  • Nelson, X. J. & Jackson, R. R. 2009. The influence of ants on the mating strategy of a myrmecophilic jumping spider (Araneae, Salticidae). Journal of Natural History, 43: 713-735 doi:10.1080/00222930802610469 Abstract pdf
  • Nelson, X. J., Wilson, D. R. & Evans, C.S. 2008. Behavioral syndromes in stable social groups: an artifact of external constraints? Ethology, 114: 1154-1165.  doi:10.1111/j.1439-0310.2008.01568.x Abstract pdf  
  • Wilson, D. R., Bayly, K., Nelson, X. J., Gillings, M. & Evans, C. S. 2008. Alarm calling best predicts mating and reproductive success in ornamented male fowl, Gallus gallus. Animal Behaviour, 76: 543-554.  doi:10.1016/j.anbehav.2008.03.026  Abstract pdf                                                                                                   'In focus' summary of article in Animal Behaviour      ABC News      Science News      Science Progress
  •  Jackson, R. R., Nelson, X. J. & Salm, K. 2008. The natural history of Myrmarachne melanotarsa, a social ant-mimicking jumping spider. New Zealand Journal of Zoology, 35: 225-235.  doi:0301-4223/08/3503-0225 Abstract pdf
  • Nelson, X. J. & Jackson, R. R. 2008. Anti-predator crèches and aggregations of ant-mimicking jumping spiders (Araneae: Salticidae). Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 94: 475-481.  doi:10.1111/j.1095-8312.2008.01006.x Abstract pdf
  • Nelson, X. J. & Jackson, R. R. 2007. Complex display behaviour during the intraspecific interactions of myrmecomorphic jumping spiders (Araneae, Salticidae). Journal of Natural History, 41: 1659-1678. doi:10.1080/00222930701450504 Abstract pdf
  • Nelson, X. J. & Jackson, R. R. 2007. Vision-based ability of an ant-mimicking jumping spider to discriminate between models, conspecific individuals and prey. Insectes Sociaux, 54: 1-4.  doi:10.1007/s00040-006-0901-x  Abstract pdf
  • Nelson, X. J. & Jackson, R. R. 2006. A predator from East Africa that chooses malaria vectors as preferred prey. PLoS ONE 1(1): e132. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0000132.  Abstract pdf       Fox News  Live Science
  • Nelson, X. J., Jackson, R. R. & Li, D. 2006. Conditional use of honest signaling by a Batesian mimic. Behavioral Ecology, 17: 575-580.  doi:10.1093/beheco/arj068 Abstract pdf
  • Nelson, X. J. & Jackson, R. R. 2006. Vision-based innate aversion to ants and ant mimics. Behavioral Ecology, 17: 676-681.  doi:10.1093/beheco/ark017 Abstract pdf
  • Nelson, X. J., Jackson, R. R., Li, D., Barrion, A. T. & Edwards, G. B. 2006. Innate aversion to ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) and ant mimics: experimental findings from mantises. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 88: 23-32.  doi:1095-8312.2006.00598.x Abstract pdf
  • Nelson, X. J., Li, D. & Jackson, R. R. 2006. Out of the frying pan and into the fire: a novel trade-off for Batesian mimics. Ethology, 112: 270-277.  doi:10.1111/j.1439-0310.2006.01155.x Abstract pdf 
  • Nelson, X. J. & Jackson, R. R. 2006. Compound mimicry and trading predators by the males of sexually dimorphic Batesian mimics. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London (B), 273: 367-372.  doi:10.1098/rspb.2005.3340 Abstract pdf      Discovery Channel
  •  Jackson, R. R., Nelson, X. J. & Sune, G. O. 2005. A spider that feeds indirectly on vertebrate blood by choosing female mosquitoes as prey. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (USA), 102: pages15155–15160.  doi:10.1073/pnas.0507398102 Abstract pdf                                                                             Discovery Channel         National Geographic         New York Times       Science News
  • Nelson, X. J., Jackson, R. R. & Sune, G. O. 2005. Use of Anopheles-specific prey-capture behavior by the small juveniles of Evarcha culicivora, a mosquito-eating jumping spider. Journal of Arachnology, 33: 541-548.  doi:10.1636/05-3.1 Abstract pdf 
  • Nelson, X. J., Jackson, R. R., Edwards, G. B. & Barrion, A. T. 2005. Living with the enemy: jumping spiders that mimic weaver ants. Journal of Arachnology, 33: 813-819.  doi:10.1636/S04-12.1 Abstract pdf 
  • Nelson, X. J., Jackson, R. R., Pollard, S. D., Edwards, G. B. & Barrion, A. T. 2004. Predation by ants on jumping spiders (Araneae: Salticidae) in the Philippines. New Zealand Journal of Zoology, 31: 45-56.  doi:0301-4223/04/3101-0045 Abstract pdf
  •  Jackson, R. R., Pollard, S. D., Nelson, X. J., Edwards, G. B. & Barrion, A. T. 2001. Jumping spiders (Araneae: Salticidae) that feed on nectar.  Journal of Zoology, 255: 25-29.  doi:10.1017/S095283690100108X Abstract pdf