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A spider with many faces
The Siler collingwoodi knows her way around. To escape predators, this little jumping spider moves like an ant, state researchers at Peking University, whose study was published in the journal iScience earlier last month. Instead of jumping, Siler collingwoodi raise their front legs to mimic an ant’s antennae, bobbing their abdomens, and lifting their legs to walk in an ant-like manner. The Siler collingwoodi also uses camouflage as defenses against predators. To escape predators and praying mantises even more effectively, it also wears brightly colored shells to blend in with the local vegetation.
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