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Spiders Can Catch and Devour Fish

Spiders catching fish? It happens more than you think! Entomologist Martin Nyffeler of the University of Basel in Switzerland and ecologist Bradley J. Pusey have collected reports and images of fish-eating spiders into one study. The spiders are not necessarily closely related, and they are found eating fish on every continent except Antarctica. Spiders can use surface tension to walk on the water’s surface and wait for prey, but they don’t all use the same technique. See a slideshow of different fish-eating spiders at Scientific American. The photo shown here shows an Ancylometes spider in Ecuador and his dinner. -via Digg

(Image credit: Ed Germain, Sydney, Australia. Courtesy of Martin Nyffeler, University of Basel.)


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