Trap-Jaw Spiders

Hannah Wood / Smithsonian
April 7, 2016
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Mecysmauchenius new species, female: how these spiders look in the field, this species uses power-amplified high-speed predatory strikes. A team of researchers led by Smithsonian scientist Hannah Wood has discovered that trap-jaw spiders have a surprising ability to strike their prey at lightning speed and with super-spider power, according to new findings reported in the scholarly journal Current Biology.

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