Gargantuan tarantula drags opossum along rainforest floor

Gargantuan tarantula drags opossum along rainforest floor

An opossum expert at the American Museum of Natural History later confirmed they had captured the first documentation of a large mygalomorph spider preying on an opossum. "A surprising amount of death of small vertebrates in the Amazon is likely due to anthropods such as big spiders and centipedes".

"These are not common events to observe, period".

His teams are on the lookout for snakes, frogs and lizards during their nighttime walks, but they often see large spiders on the prowl.

A news release from the university about the research project noted that "this is the stuff of nightmares". Enormous Amazon rainforest spiders have been caught eating frogs, lizards and even furry mammals in shocking footage that will haunt your dreams.

A tarantula in the genus Pamphobeteus preys on a mouse opossum in the genus Marmosops.

Rabosky's team, which includes postdoctoral, graduate and undergraduate students from the University of MI as well as Peruvian researchers, has been visiting the Amazon once or twice per year to better understand why there are so many species of reptiles and amphibians in the rain forest, he said.

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"They're large active predators and so they're out hunting all the time", Rabosky said.

"The opossum had already been grasped by the tarantula and was still struggling weakly at that point, but after about 30 seconds it stopped kicking", the paper's co-author Michael Grundler, a PhD student said in a statement. "In reality, we fear animals like spiders because they just seem so different to us - they really pose no danger, and they are super important parts of their ecosystems".

"We're trying to collect data as frantically as we can to at least get a snapshot of what's going on now, so we can understand future impacts", he said. The infraorder Mygalomorphae is a group of mostly heavy-bodied, stout-legged spiders that includes tarantulas.

Maggie Grundler, Michael's sister, pulled out her cellphone and started shooting video of the encounter.

"The spider was on the ground in the leaf litter holding the opossum by the neck region", the researchers described in their paper, noting that the opossum - roughly the size of a softball - was still alive when they spotted the pair. "We knew we were witnessing something pretty special, but we weren't aware that it was the first observation until after the fact".

"One of the coolest things about working in Peru is the sheer number of species that you encounter every day simply by walking in the forest", said Larson, who studies the evolution of diet in frogs.

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