High-Speed Video Shows How Flattie Spiders Attack With World's Fastest Spin
If you blinked, you would have missed it.
Flattie spiders or wall crab spiders, which make up the Selenopidae family, have the fastest leg-driven turning maneuver of any land animal. Although their rapid turns are blurry to the naked eye, the crawlers are on par with the speeds of aerial spinners like hummingbirds and fruit flies. (Watch: "A Mesmerizing Look at Hummingbirds in Flight")
But now, researchers from the California Academy of Sciences and the University of California Merced are taking an in-depth look at these speedy spiders. By using slow-motion cameras, they've been able to identify how these animals can lunge for prey so quickly. Their findings, published February 12 in the Journal of Experimental Biology,