New tarantula turns its back on its enemies

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Tarantulas know how to fight. Many of these arachnids defend themselves by launching javelinlike hairs from their abdomens at potential attackers. But a newly discovered tarantula prefers to fight up close. Kankuamo marquezi jabs its butt bristles, or urticating hairs, straight into its foes. "Urticating hairs are used as defense against natural enemies," Carlos Perafan, a biologist from the University of the Republic in Uruguay, said in an email. ‘‘These hairs are different from hairs covering the body of tarantulas because they have a penetrating tip, which allows the hair to embed in the skin or mucous membranes and cause irritation.’’ Most tarantulas flick their legs against their rears,


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