Publications by Samuel Zschokke

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Arachnological publications | Non-arachnological publications


Arachnological publications (on construction, structure and evolution of spider webs)

2021  Spiders in space – orb-web-related behaviour in zero gravity — Zschokke S, Countryman S & Cushing PE — The Science of Nature 108: 1

2017  Warum sitzen Radnetzspinnen kopfunten im Netz? — Zschokke S — In: natura obscura: 200 Naturforschende – 200 Naturphänomene – 200 Jahre Naturforschende Gesellschaft Basel (Füglister KM, Hicklin M & Mäser P, eds). Schwabe Verlag Basel & Naturforschende Gesellschaft Basel: 219

2015  Vertical asymmetries in orb webs — Zschokke S & Nakata K — Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 114: 659–672

2014  Spinnen / Spiders — Zschokke S — In: Netz - Vom Spinnen in der Kunst / Nets - Weaving webs in art (Hüsch A, ed). Kerber Verlag, Bielefeld: 94–95

2011  Spiral and web asymmetry in the orb webs of Araneus diadematus (Araneae, Araneidae) — Zschokke S — Journal of Arachnology 39: 358–362

2010  Spider orientation and hub position in orb webs — Zschokke S & Nakata K — Naturwissenschaften 97: 43–52

2010  P.A. Sebastian & K.V. Peter (Hrsg.) (2009): Spiders of India — Zschokke S & Logunov DV — Book review in: Arachnologische Mitteilungen 39: 45–49

2010  Upside-down spiders build upside-down orb webs: web asymmetry, spider orientation and running speed in Cyclosa — Nakata K & Zschokke S — Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B - Biological Sciences 277: 3019–3025

2009  Asymmetry in orb-webs: an adaptation to web building costs? — Coslovsky M & Zschokke S — Journal of Insect Behavior 22: 29–38

2007  Erste Nachweise sowie Kenntnisse zur Biologie von Cyclosa oculata (Araneae: Araneidae) in der Schweiz [First records and data about the biology of Cyclosa oculata (Araneae: Araneidae) in Switzerland] — Zschokke S & Bolzern A — Arachnologische Mitteilungen 33: 11–17

2006  Prey-capture strategies in sympatric web-building spiders — Zschokke S, Hénaut Y, Benjamin SP & García-Ballinas JA — Canadian Journal of Zoology 84: 964–973

2005  Laboratory methods for maintaining and studying web-building spiders — Zschokke S & Herberstein ME — Journal of Arachnology 33: 205–213

2004  Glue droplets in fossil spider webs — Zschokke S — In: European Arachnology 2003 (Logunov DV & Penney D, eds). KMK Scientific Press, Moscow: 367–374

2004  Homology, behaviour and spider webs: web construction behaviour of Linyphia hortensis and L. triangularis (Araneae: Linyphiidae) and its evolutionary significance — Benjamin SP & Zschokke S — Journal of Evolutionary Biology 17: 120–130

2003  Webs of theridiid spiders: construction, structure and evolution — Benjamin SP & Zschokke S — Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 78: 293–305

2003  Spider-web silk from the Early Cretaceous — Zschokke S — Nature 424: 636–637

2002  Ultraviolet reflectance of spiders and their webs — Zschokke S — Journal of Arachnology 30: 246–254

2002  A computerised method to observe spider web building behaviour in a semi-natural light environment — Benjamin SP & Zschokke S — In: European Arachnology 2000 (Toft S & Scharff N, eds). Aarhus University Press, Aarhus: 117–122

2002  Das Spinnennetz — Zschokke S — In: Das Netz: Sinn und Sinnlichkeit vernetzter Systeme (Andritzky M & Beyrer K, eds). Edition Braus, Heidelberg: 53–58

2002  Fine structure of sheet-webs of Linyphia triangularis (Clerck) and Microlinyphia pusilla (Sundevall), with remarks on the presence of viscid silk — Benjamin SP, Düggelin M & Zschokke S — Acta Zoologica 83: 49–59

2002  Form and function of the orb-web — Zschokke S — In: European Arachnology 2000 (Toft S & Scharff N, eds). Aarhus University Press, Aarhus: 99–106

2002  Untangling the tangle-web: web construction behavior of the comb-footed spider Steatoda triangulosa and comments on phylogenetic implications (Araneae: Theridiidae) — Benjamin SP & Zschokke S — Journal of Insect Behavior 15: 791–809

2000  Planarity and size of orb-webs built by Araneus diadematus (Araneae: Araneidae) under natural and experimental conditions — Zschokke S & Vollrath F — Ekológia 19 (Supplement 3): 307–318

2000  Radius construction and structure in the orb-web of Zilla diodia (Araneidae) — Zschokke S — Journal of Comparative Physiology A 186: 999–1005

2000  Web damage during prey capture in Hyptiotes paradoxus (C.L.Koch 1834) (Uloboridae) — Zschokke S — Arachnologische Mitteilungen 19: 8–13

1999  Nomenclature of the orb-web — Zschokke S — Journal of Arachnology 27: 542–546

1997  Factors influencing the size of the orb web in Araneus diadematus — Zschokke S — In: Proceedings of the 16th European Colloquium of Arachnology (Zabka M, ed). Wyzsza Szkola Rolniczo-Pedagogiczna, Siedlce, Poland: 329–334

1996  Early stages of orb web construction in Araneus diadematus Clerck — Zschokke S — Revue Suisse de Zoologie hors série 2: 709–720

1995  Coiling of the spirals in the orb web of Araneus diadematus Clerck — Zschokke S — Newsletter of the British Arachnological Society 74: 9–10

1995  Unfreezing the behaviour of two orb spiders — Zschokke S & Vollrath F — Physiology & Behavior 58: 1167–1173

1995  Web construction patterns in a range of orb-weaving spiders (Araneae) — Zschokke S & Vollrath F — European Journal of Entomology 92: 523–541

1994  Web construction behaviour of the orb weaving spider Araneus diadematus Cl. — Zschokke S — PhD Thesis, Basel University, 177 pp.

1993  The influence of the auxiliary spiral on the capture spiral in Araneus diadematus Clerck (Araneidae) — Zschokke S — Bulletin of the British Arachnological Society 9: 169–173


Non-arachnological publications (on habitat fragmentation, Indian rhinos, pygmy hippos, ...)

2016  Genetic structure of the wild populations of the Indian Rhinoceros (Rhinoceros unicornis) — Zschokke S — Indian Journal of History of Science 51: 380–389

2011  Genetic differences between the two remaining wild populations of the endangered Indian rhinoceros (Rhinoceros unicornis) — Zschokke S, Armbruster GFJ, Ursenbacher S & Baur B — Biological Conservation 144: 2702–2709

2011  Determinants of female and male reproductive success in a simultaneous hermaphrodite land snail — Minoretti N, Schmera D, Kupfernagel S, Zschokke S, Armbruster GFJ, Beese K, Baur A & Baur B — Animal Behaviour 82: 707–715

2007  Inbreeding and outbreeding in African rhinoceros species — Krummenacher TS & Zschokke S — Pachyderm 42: 108–115

2005  Dispersal of the endangered flightless beetle Dorcadion fuliginator (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae) in spatially realistic landscapes — Baur B, Coray A, Minoretti N & Zschokke S — Biological Conservation 124: 49–61

2005  International Studbook for the Greater One-Horned or Indian Rhinoceros Rhinoceros unicornis Linné 1758 - 13th edition (report date 31 Dec 2004) — Hlavacek G, Zschokke S & Pagan O — Zoo Basel, Switzerland. 72 pp.

2005  International Studbook for the Pygmy Hippopotamus Hexaprotodon liberiensis (Morton 1844) - 13th edition (report date 31 Dec 2004) — Hlavacek G, Zschokke S & Pagan O — Zoo Basel, Switzerland. 152 pp.

2004  Dinerstein E (2003): The Return of the Unicorns: The Natural History and Conservation of the Greater One-horned Rhinoceros. Columbia Press, New York — Zschokke S — Book review in: Basic and Applied Ecology 5: 379–380

2004  Grain-dependent relationships between plant productivity and invertebrate species richness and biomass — Braschler B, Zschokke S, Dolt C, Thommen GH, Oggier P & Baur B — Basic and Applied Ecology 5: 15–24

2003  International Studbook for the Greater One-Horned or Indian Rhinoceros Rhinoceros unicornis Linné 1758 - 12th edition (report date 31 December 2002) — Hlavacek G, Zschokke S & Guldenschuh G — Basel Zoo, Basel, 68 pp.

2003  International Studbook for the Pygmy Hippopotamus Hexaprotodon liberiensis (Morton, 1844) - 12th edition (report date 31 December 2002) — Hlavacek G, Zschokke S & Guldenschuh G — Basel Zoo, Basel, 150 pp.

2003  Polymorphic microsatellite loci in the endangered Indian rhinoceros, Rhinoceros unicornis — Zschokke S, Gautschi B & Baur B — Molecular Ecology Notes 3: 233–235

2002  Distorted sex ratio at birth in the captive pygmy hippopotamus, Hexaprotodon liberiensis — Zschokke S — Journal of Mammalogy 83: 674–681

2002  Effects of experimental small-scale grassland fragmentation on the extent of grazing damage in Trifolium repens seedlings — Ledergerber S, Dolt C, Zschokke S & Baur B — Acta Oecologica 23: 329–336

2002  Habitat characteristics of the endangered flightless beetle Dorcadion fuliginator (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae): implications for conservation — Baur B, Zschokke S, Coray A, Schläpfer M & Erhardt A — Biological Conservation 105: 133–142

2002  Inbreeding, outbreeding, infant growth, and size dimorphism in captive Indian rhinoceros (Rhinoceros unicornis) — Zschokke S & Baur B — Canadian Journal of Zoology 80: 2014–2023

2001  International Studbook for the Greater One-Horned Rhinoceros Rhinoceros unicornis Linné 1758. 11th edition — Wirz-Hlavacek G, Zschokke S & Studer P — Basel Zoo, Basel, 54 pp.

2001  International Studbook for the Pygmy Hippopotamus Hexaprotodon liberiensis (Morton, 1844). 11th edition — Wirz-Hlavacek G, Zschokke S & Studer P — Basel Zoo, Basel, 125 pp.

2001  Measurement accuracy: how much is necessary? — Zschokke S & Lüdin E — Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America 82: 237–243

2001  Tragzeit und Geburtsgewicht beim Zwergflußpferd, Hexaprotodon liberiensis [Gestation period and weight at birth in the pygmy hippopotamus Hexaprotodon liberiensis] — Zschokke S & Steck B — Der Zoologische Garten (N.F.) 71: 57–61

2000  Short-term responses of plants and invertebrates to experimental small-scale grassland fragmentation — Zschokke S, Dolt C, Rusterholz H-P, Oggier P, Braschler B, Thommen GH, Lüdin E, Erhardt A & Baur B — Oecologia 125: 559–572

2000  Short time consequences of river restoration on macroinvertrebrate communities — Küry D & Zschokke S — Mitteilungen der Deutschen Gesellschaft für allgemeine und angewandte Entomologie 12: 237–240

1999  International Studbook for the Greater One-Horned Rhinoceros Rhinoceros unicornis (Linné 1758) — Wirz-Hlavacek G, Zschokke S & Studer P — Zoo Basel, Basel, 50 pp.

1999  International Studbook for the Pygmy Hippopotamus Hexaprotodon liberiensis (Morton 1844) — Wirz-Hlavacek G, Zschokke S & Studer P — Zoo Basel, Basel, 120 pp.

1998  A comparison of three methods for assessing the gastropod community in dry grasslands — Oggier P, Zschokke S & Baur B — Pedobiologia 42: 348–357

1998  Past and future breeding of the Indian rhinoceros in captivity — Zschokke S, Studer P & Baur B — International Zoo News 45: 261–276

1997  International Studbook for the Greater One-Horned Rhinoceros Rhinoceros unicornis (Linné 1758) — Wirz-Hlavacek G, Zschokke S & Studer P — Zoologischer Garten Basel, Basel, 44 pp.

1997  International Studbook for the Pygmy Hippopotamus Hexaprotodon liberiensis (Morton 1844) — Wirz-Hlavacek G, Zschokke S & Studer P — Zoologischer Garten Basel, Basel, 114 pp.

1994  Caudal eyespots on fish predators influence the inspection behaviour of Trinidadian guppies, Poecilia reticulata — Paxton CGM, Magurran AE & Zschokke S — Journal of Fish Biology 44: 175–177