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Fri Jan 11, 2019, 06:06 PM

Madagascar's elusive shell-squatting spider filmed



Small Spider Lifts Snail Shell Up Tree - Madagascar - BBC Two
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Published on Feb 11, 2011

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Unique behaviour as a snail shell spider hoists an empty shell up high to safety. Narrated by David Attenborough.




From http://news.bbc.co.uk/earth/hi/earth_news/newsid_9385000/9385482.stm

Madagascar's elusive shell-squatting spider filmed

By Ella Davies
Earth News reporter

Sir David Attenborough describes the fascinating behaviour of the spider Olios coenobitus

An elusive spider that lives in snail shells suspended from bushes has been caught on camera by a BBC film crew.

Olios coenobitus was first discovered in 1926 but few studies have been made of it in the wild since.

New footage reveals how the spiders hoist snail shells off the ground using silk threads and shelter inside them.

The team filming for BBC Two series Madagascar believe this is the first footage to show how the spiders protect themselves from predators.

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Response to sl8 (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 06:15 PM

1. Amazing!

All creatures great and small.

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Fri Jan 11, 2019, 06:17 PM

2. re purpose!

I admire resourcefulness.

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Fri Jan 11, 2019, 06:39 PM

3. As much as I hate spiders this is amazing.

I always knew they were clever MFers.

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Fri Jan 11, 2019, 07:02 PM

4. Absolutely fascinating!!

I love spiders! And bugs! And butterflies! And all manner of creepy crawly creatures! Funny how this spider has more smarts than some people I know! Lol! Nature is fabulous and the tiniest little creatures certainly have their own special place in their little worlds within our big one. Thanks, sl8, for posting this!

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Fri Jan 11, 2019, 07:09 PM

5. little engineers!

really quite amazing! Really rooting for the spider.

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Fri Jan 11, 2019, 07:34 PM

6. Kick!

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