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Spider is a Master of Subterfuge

Researchers from the Tambopata Research Center in Peru think they've discovered a new type of spider from the genus Cyclosa. This genus is known to create distractions or attractions for predators or prey using collected debris placed in their webs. Pictured above is a "decoy" spider that the much smaller occupant of the web created using matter it scavenged from the rainforest. The spider then made its creation move when the web was approached. If this is indeed a new species of Cyclosa, it is the first variety known to construct a larger model of itself for protection. 

Learn more about this clever spider at the Tambopata Research Center blog. Link -via

(Image credit: Phil Torres)

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