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A University of Michigan-led team of biologists has
documented 15 rare and disturbing predator-prey
interactions in the Amazon rainforest including
keep-you-up-at-night images of a dinner plate-size
tarantula dragging a young opossum across the forest
Amphibian & Reptile Conservation, details instances of
arthropod predators—mostly large spiders along with a
few centipedes and a giant water bug—preying on
vertebrates such as frogs and tadpoles, lizards, snakes,
and even a small opossum.
Where we do this research there are about 85 species of
amphibians—mostly frogs and toads—and about 90 species
of reptiles,” von May said. “And considering that there
are hundreds of invertebrates that potentially prey upon
vertebrates, the number of possible interactions between
species is huge, and we are highlighting that fact in this paper,”
von May said.