UC SPARK - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

Dr Fiona Ruth Cross

Biological Sciences


Phone: +64 3 364 2987 ext. 95142

Fields of Research

  • Animal cognition

Researcher Summary

Biology of a mosquito-eating jumping spider (Evarcha culicivora) from East Africa.

Subject Area: Disciplines

  • Biology: Ecology, Evolution and Behaviour: Behaviour

Research/Scholarly/Creative Works

  • Carvell GE., Jackson RR. and Cross FR. (2017) Ontogenetic shift in plant-related cognitive specialization by a mosquito-eating predator. European Journal of Pharmacology 138: 105-122. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.beproc.2017.02.022. (Journal Articles)
  • Cross FR. (2016) Discrimination of draglines from potential mates by Evarcha culicivora, an East African jumping spider. New Zealand Journal of Zoology 43(1): 84-95. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03014223.2015.1127262. (Journal Articles)
  • Cross FR. and Jackson RR. (2016) The execution of planned detours by spider-eating predators. Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior 105(1): 194-210. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/jeab.189. (Journal Articles)
  • Cross FR. and Jackson RR. (2015) Solving a novel confinement problem by spartaeine salticids that are predisposed to solve problems in the context of predation. Animal Cognition 18(2): 509-515. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10071-014-0819-z. (Journal Articles)
  • Jackson RR. and Cross FR. (2015) Mosquito-terminator spiders and the meaning of predatory specialization. Journal of Arachnology 43(2): 123-142. (Journal Articles)
  • Cross FR. and Jackson RR. (2014) Cross-modality effects of prey odour during the intraspecific interactions of a mosquito-specialist predator. Ethology 120: 598-606. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/eth.12232. (Journal Articles)
  • Jackson RR., Li D., Woon JRW., Hashim R. and Cross FR. (2014) Intricate predatory decisions by a mosquito-specialist spider from Malaysia. Royal Society Open Science 1: 140131. http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rsos.140131. (Journal Articles)
  • Cross FR. and Jackson RR. (2013) The functioning of species-specific olfactory pheromones in the biology of a mosquito-eating jumping spider from East Africa. Journal of Insect Behavior 26: 131-148. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10905-012-9338-4. (Journal Articles)
  • Cross FR. and Jackson RR. (2011) Effects of prey-spider odour on intraspecific interactions of araneophagic jumping spiders. Journal of Ethology 29(2): 321-327. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10164-010-0261-x. (Journal Articles)
  • Jackson RR. and Cross FR. (2011) Olfaction-based mate-odor identification by jumping spiders from the genus Portia. Journal of Arachnology 39(3): 439-443. http://dx.doi.org/10.1636/Ha11-32.1. (Journal Articles)
  • Cross FR. and Jackson RR. (2010) Olfactory search-image use by a mosquito-eating predator. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 277: 3173-3178. http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2010.0596. (Journal Articles)
  • Cross FR. (2009) Attentional Processes in Mosquito-Eating Jumping Spiders: Search Images and Cross-Modality Priming. http://hdl.handle.net/10092/4441. Christchurch, New Zealand. University of Canterbury. (Theses / Dissertations)
  • Cross FR. and Jackson RR. (2009) Cross-modality priming of visual and olfactory selective attention by a spider that feeds indirectly on vertebrate blood. Journal of Experimental Biology 212: 1869-1875. http://dx.doi.org/10.1242/jeb.028126. (Journal Articles)
  • Cross FR. and Jackson RR. (2009) How cross-modality effects during intraspecific interactions of jumping spiders differ depending on whether a female-choice or mututal-choice mating system is adopted. Behavioural Processes 80(2): 162-168. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.beproc.2008.11.001. (Journal Articles)
  • Cross FR. and Jackson RR. (2009) Mate-odour identification by both sexes of Evarcha culicivora, an East African jumping spider. Behavioural Processes 81(1): 74-79. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.beproc.2009.02.002. (Journal Articles)
  • Cross FR. and Jackson RR. (2009) Odour-mediated response to plants by Evarcha culicivora, a blood-feeding jumping spider from East Africa. New Zealand Journal of Zoology 36(2): 75-80. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03014220909510142. (Journal Articles)
  • Cross FR., Jackson RR. and Pollard SD. (2009) How blood-derived odor influences mate-choice decisions by a mosquito-eating predator. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science of the United States of America 106(46): 19416-19419. http://dx.doi.org/10.1073/pnas.0904125106. (Journal Articles)
  • Cross FR., Jackson RR. and Pollard SD. (2008) Complex display behaviour of Evarcha culicivora, an East African mosquito-eating jumping spider. New Zealand Journal of Zoology 35(2): 151-187. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03014220809510112. (Journal Articles)
  • Huseynov EF., Jackson RR. and Cross FR. (2008) The meaning of predatory specialization as illustrated by Aelurillus m-nigrum, an ant-eating jumping spider (Araneae: Salticidae) from Azerbaijan. Behavioural Processes 77(3): 389-399. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.beproc.2007.11.006. (Journal Articles)
  • Cross FR., Jackson RR., Pollard SD. and Walker MW. (2007) Cross-modality effects during male-male interactions of jumping spiders. Behavioural Processes 75(3): 290-296. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.beproc.2007.03.004. (Journal Articles)
  • Cross FR. and Jackson RR. (2006) From eight-legged automatons to thinking spiders. In Fujita K; Itakura S (Ed.), Diversity of Cognition: Evolution, Development, Domestication and Pathology: 188-215. Kyoto: Kyoto University Press. (Chapters)
  • Cross FR., Jackson RR., Pollard SD. and Walker MW. (2006) Influence of optical cues from conspecific females on escalation decisions during male-male interactions of jumping spiders. Behavioral Processes 73(2): 136-141. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.beproc.2006.04.007. (Journal Articles)
  • Jackson RR., Cross FR. and Carter CM. (2006) Geographic variation in a spider's ability to solve a confinement problem by trial and error. International Journal of Comparative Psychology 19(3): 282-296. (Journal Articles)
  • Jackson RR., Walker MW., Pollard SD. and Cross FR. (2006) Influence of seeing a female on male-male interactions of a jumping spider, Hypoblemum albovittatum. Journal of Ethology 24(3): 231-238. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10164-005-0185-z. (Journal Articles)
  • Cross FR. and Jackson RR. (2005) Spider heuristics. Behavioral Processes 69: 125-127. (Journal Articles)
  • Huseynov EF., Cross FR. and Jackson RR. (2005) Natural diet and prey-choice behaviour of Aelurillus muganicus (Araneae : Salticidae), a myrmecophagic jumping spider from Azerbaijan. Journal of Zoology 267: 159-165. http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S09528369050073693. (Journal Articles)
  • Huseynov EF., Cross FR. and Jackson RR. (2005) Natural diet and prey-choice behaviour of Aelurillus muganicus (Araneae:Salticidae), a myrmecophagic jumping spider from Azerbaijan. Journal of Zoology London 267: 159-165. (Journal Articles)
  • Cross FR. (2004) How mosquito-eating jumping spiders communicate: complex display sequences, selective attention and cross-modality priming. Christchurch, New Zealand. University of Canterbury. (Theses / Dissertations)