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Site fidelity as a universal navigation strategy

Amblypygids (whip spiders) live in complex densely vegetated environments. They forage in near complete darkness using navigational mechanisms that are yet to be elucidated. Although this paper doesn’t clear up the navigational mystery, it does demonstrate an important behavioural property that relates to the constraints that promote certain navigational skills. These invertebrates use shelters as a refuge and in lab experiments they show fidelity to a particular shelter. Site fidelty (and route fidelity) seem to be universal behavioural biases, which presumably, for many organisms,  facilitate the use of universal navigation strategies such as Path Integration and memory of sensory signatures.

Graving, J.M., Bingman, V.P., Hebets, E.A. et al. J Comp Physiol A (2017). doi:10.1007/s00359-017-1169-5
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