Sunday, 18 February 2018

Fastest spin on Earth? For animals that rely on legs, scientists say one spider takes gold

High-speed footage shows flattie spiders turn to capture their prey at a speed nearly three times faster than the blink of your eye

Date:  February 12, 2018
Source:  California Academy of Sciences

New research shows that individuals from the spider family Selenopidae -- commonly known as flattie spiders -- can sense prey approaching from any direction and whip around in one-eighth of a second to strike. High-speed footage reveals that a swift flex of their long legs helps the hunters accomplish this feat, deemed the fastest leg-driven turn of any animal on the planet.

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