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With a body measuring just one inch long, the regal jumping spider might not seem like much of a threat.
But, researchers have discovered that these tiny creatures can take down frogs and lizards up to three times their own size, allowing them to devour the vertebrates that would potentially prey on them otherwise.
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A new study documents several observations of this bizarre behaviour for the first time, and the experts now suspect it gives these small arachnids a survival advantage.
The regal jumping spider is found commonly throughout Florida, and is one of the biggest jumping spiders in the world, according to National Geographic.
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In a new study published to the Journal of Arachnology, scientists conducted an internet survey on vertebrate predation by these creatures, following earlier anecdotes of such behaviour.
Using Google Search, GoogleScholar, Google Books, and Google Pictures as well as the Thomson Reuters and Scopus database, the researchers discovered six additional reports of the spiders feasting on small vertebrates.
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This included frogs with a body length 1-1.5 times that of the spiders, and lizards with bodies 1.5-2.5 times their size.
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