A funnel-web spider found by ecologist Mark Wong stood out from the usually all black spiders. This funnel-web spider had red fangs. Curious, Wong brought it to the lab however it did not survive. Wong thinks the red coloring on the spider is due to a genetic mutation. The red color would probably not benefit funnel-web spiders as they live in the dark, they don’t live in groups, and they don’t have good vision.

 

 

 

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Mysterious Spider With Blood-Red Fangs Found in Australia

Just a quarter inch long (five millimeters), male peacock spiders are known for their brightly colored backs and mating dances. Jürgen Otto, a researcher who has been working to document the tiny insects, has identified 20 new species in the past four …

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