Male spiders release mesmerizing syncopated rhythms to court friends

Men spider wolves (Schizocosis stridulance), who improvise complex dance moves, are big winners in the mating game, courting females with routine action that stops the show. Now a new study finds that the more complex the dance, the more likely spiders are to find love.

Researchers have found that improvised steps benefit spiders that live in humid, mostly forested areas around the world. The ability to overcome a complex gait is not related to size or strength in men, but may suggest to women that the man has a certain athleticism and grace.

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