|LESCA stands for Laboratory of Sensory Ecology and Behavior of Arachnids in Portuguese. It was founded in 2009, being one of the research laboratories at the School of Arts, Sciences and Humanities of the University of São Paulo, in Southeastern Brazil. Our research interests include the sensory ecology and the behavior of arthropods, with emphasis in arachnids.
Our projects on sensory ecology investigate the relevant environmental stimuli, the sensory structures that detect such stimuli, and the behavioral responses of animals in several contexts such as foraging, mate finding, mate choice, general orientation in the environment and behavioral response to predators. We use mainly three approaches:
Our projects on arthropod behavior focus mainly on prey-predator interactions and on intra and inter-sexual interactions between conspecifics.
The laboratory is funded by FAPESP.
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