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February 28, 2019 - This is the first video documentation of a large mygalomorph spider preying on an opossum. While surveying in northern Peru, a team of scientists from University of Michigan found a tarantula dragging a young opossum along the ground. The team was studying interactions between arthropods and small vertebrates in a lowland Amazon rainforest. The study found that arthropod predations accounted for a surprising amount of mortality amongst Amazonian vertebrates. Amazonian spiders tend to rely on modified jaws, massive fangs, and venom to capture vertebrates.
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Watch how the world's biggest spider immobilises its prey – and keeps predators at bay

With a leg-span nearly a foot wide and a very particular defence mechanism, Goliath bird-eaters are truly lethal hunters. Footage from the show "World's Weirdest".

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