Foot Silk: Probably the Last Volley

May 29, 2013

Tags: silk, tarantulas, Foelix, Erb, Rast

Remember the controversy over whether tarantula feet produce silk? We posted a summary of the back and forth here last year. Rainer Foelix, Bruno Erb, and Bastian Rast have now published transmission electron micrographs that refute the foot-silk claim in Arthropod Structure and Development. Although the article is behind a paywall, you can look at their figures for free, and it's hard not to be struck with wonder at the complexity of some of these tiny structures.




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"...a compelling introduction to evolution in action through the lens of spiders and their silks."

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