Giant Amazon Spider Preys on Opossum | Nat Geo Wild

  • Published on:  Friday, March 1, 2019
  • During a night survey in the Peruvian forest, scientists saw a spider catch this remarkable meal.
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    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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