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Henschel, J.R. 1990. Spiders wheel to escape. South African Journal of Science, 86(3): 151–152


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Spiders wheel to escape.

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Dune spiders Carparachne aureoflava (Heteropodidae) commonly transform themselves into wheels and roll down smooth sand dunes at speeds of 0.5-1.5 m s-1 and rotation rates of 10-44 s-1. Wheeling blurs spiders' outlines, enabling them to escape predatory wasps. These spiders are endemic to the central Namib Desert dunes.

Year: 1990

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