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See a giant Amazon spider prey on opossum in video first

Wednesday, 6 March 2019

Watch giant Amazon spider prey on opossum
Watch giant Amazon spider prey on opossum

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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