Asst. Prof. Matjaž Kuntner, PhD

Senior Research Fellow

Assistant Professor

Head of Institute

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Descriptions of new species selected among the top 10 in the years 2010 and 2011 (

KUNTNER, M. 2005. A revision of Herennia (Araneae: Nephilidae: Nephilinae), the Australasian 'coin spiders'. Invertebrate systematics 19 (5): 391-436.
KUNTNER, M. 2006. Phylogenetic systematics of the Gondwanan nephilid spider lineage Clitaetrinae (Araneae, Nephilidae). Zool. scr. 1 (35): 19-62.
KUNTNER, M., AGNARSSON, I. 2006. Are the Linnean and phylogenetic nomenclatural systems combinable? Recommendations for the biological nomenclature. Syst.Biol. 55 (5): 774-784.
KUNTNER, M. 2007. A monograph of Nephilengys, the pantropical 'hermit spiders' (Araneae: Nephilidae, Nephilinae). Syst. entomol. (Print) 32 (1): 95-135.
AGNARSSON, I., KUNTNER, M. 2007. Taxonomy in a changing world : seeking solutions for a science in crisis. Syst.Biol. 56 (3): 531-539.
KUNTNER, M., CODDINGTON, J. A., HORMIGA, G. 2008. Phylogeny of extant nephilid orb-weaving spiders (Araneae, Nephilidae) : testing morphological and ethological homologies. Cladistics (Print) 24 (2): 147-217
KUNTNER, M., CODDINGTON, J. A., SCHNEIDER, J. M. 2009. Intersexual arms race? : genital coevolution in nephilid spiders (Araneae, Nephilidae). Evolution 36 (6): 1451-1463.
KUNTNER, M., CODDINGTON, J. A. 2009. Discovery of the largest orbweaving spider species : the evolution of gigantism in Nephila. PLoS one 4 (10): e7516.
KUNTNER, M., KRALJ-FIŠER, S., GREGORIČ, M. 2010. Ladder webs in orb-web spiders : ontogenetic and evolutionary patterns in Nephilidae. Biol. J. Linn. Soc.. [Print ed.] 99: 849-866.
KUNTNER, M., AGNARSSON, I. 2010. Web gigantism in Darwin's bark spider, a new species from Madagascar (Araneidae: Caerostris). J. arachnol. 38 (2): 346-356.
AGNARSSON, I., KUNTNER, M., BLACKLEDGE, T. A. 2010. Bioprospecting finds the toughest biological material : extraordinary silk from a giant riverine orb spider. PLoS one 5 (9): 1-8
KUNTNER, M., GREGORIČ, M., LI, D. 2010. Mass predict web asymmetry in Nephila spiders. Naturwissenschaften 97 (12): 1097-1105.
KRALJ-FIŠER, S., GREGORIČ, M., ZHANG, S., LI, D., KUNTNER, M. 2011. Eunuchs are better fighters. Anim. behav. 81: 933-939.
KUNTNER, M., AGNARSSON, I. 2011. Phylogeography of a successful aerial disperser: the golden orb spider Nephila on Indian Ocean islands. BMC Evol Biol 11, 10 str..
KUNTNER, M., AGNARSSON, I. 2011. Biogeography and diversification of hermit spiders on Indian Ocean islands (Nephilidae: Nephilengys). Mol. phylogenet. evol. (Print) 59 (2): 477-488.
GREGORIČ, M., AGNARSSON, I., BLACKLEDGE, T. A., KUNTNER, M. 2011. How did the spider cross the river? : behavioral adaptations for river-bridging webs in Caerostris darwini (Araneae: Araneidae). PLoS one 6 (10).

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