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Paolo Giovanni Ghislandi

Dr. Paolo Giovanni Ghislandi



LMU München
Department Biologie II
Großhaderner Str. 2
82152 Planegg-Martinsried

Department of Bioscience,
Aarhus University,
Ny Munkegade 116,
DK-8000 Aarhus C, Denmark

Website: Aarhus University Dep. of Bioscience

Work group

Dr. Cristina Tuni


Research Topic

The main goal of my PhD project is to understand how sexual selection drives population divergence in polymorphisms of male sexual traits. Specifically, I will examine how sexual selection shapes the evolution of stable polymorphisms in male alternative reproductive traits in male nuptial feeding spiders. Male spiders Pisaura mirabilis use a suite of traits such as death feigning and nuptial gifts (genuine and fake) to increase their mating success. I will investigate whether these traits are fixed or variable and context dependent. Empirical data show that these traits occur in different frequencies across populations, suggesting differential selective forces among populations. To determine whether stable polymorphisms vary consistently among populations, I will quantify the frequency of polymorphisms in male traits in multiple spider populations.


Prof. Trine Bilde (Aarhus University)
Dr. Cristina Tuni (LMU)


Ghislandi P., Bilde T., Tuni, C. 2015. Extreme male mating behaviours: anecdotes in a nuptial feeding spider. Arachnology 16: 273-275.

Ghislandi, P., Albo, M.J, Tuni, C., and Bilde, T. 2014. Evolution of deceit by worthless donations in a nuptial gift-giving spider. Current Zoology 60: 43-51.