Notes on the predation of an assassin bug by a spider in a Neotropical cave

Leopoldo Ferreira de Oliveira Bernardi
Vinicius da Fontoura Sperandei
Livio Dorneles Audino

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Intraguild predation have rarely been documented in scientific literature, even though this type of interaction can affect population dynamics and competition. In this study we present an intraguild predation event that occurred at different times, but in the same cave, where we observed spiders of the species Enoploctenus cyclotorax preying on specimens of assassin bug Zelurus diasi. Inside the studied caves, food resources are scarce and populations can be fairly small in size. It is possible, therefore, that these events are the result of ecological pressures imposed by the hypogean environment.