A giant tarantula is shot with the sliding of a young oposum to his death, which is believed to be the first spider documentation to deal with these little bagpipes
In the footage issued by Michigan University, the huge spider who is estimated at about the size of a dinner dish, can be seen at the top of the young opossum of a mouse that is the size of softball.
"The opossum has already been caught by the tarantula and still struggles poorly at this point, but in about 30 seconds it stopped kicking," said biologist Michael Grandeler in a statement. "We were pretty ecstatic and shocked, and we could not really believe of what we saw. We knew we were seeing something quite special, but we were not aware that this was the first observation until the fact happened. "
The team, led by the evolutionary biologist Daniel Jobski, studied interactions between predator and prey in tropical forests of the Amazon.To do this, they carried out night studies by walking through the woods with flashlights and headlamps and scans the leaves for signs of activity.A one night they heard "some chatter in the leaves." When they lit the ground where the rustle came, they saw the spider and the opossum [1
During the exploration trip to the region of Madre de Dios in the southeastern part of Peru, the Amazon has conquered spiders who deal with frogs, lizards, snakes and fish. Their findings are published in Amphibious and Reptile Conservation Photos of the trip show different types of spiders and their dishes.
As well as spider attacks, the team also documents centipede feasting on vertebrate animals. In one case, the team saw a large centipede squid to eat a dead coral snake. Research co-author Joanna Larson said: "Coral snakes are very dangerous and can kill people. It was surprising to see that someone was brought up by arthropods. In fact, these centipedes are terrifying animals. "
Workers said they have found" an underestimated source of vertebral mortality "in tropical forests." A surprising amount of death of small vertebrates in the Amazon is probably due to such arthropods. spiders and centipedes, "he said.