Spider silk gland spigots (Gasteracantha sp.), SEM

Spider silk gland spigots (Gasteracantha sp.), SEM

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Credit: DENNIS KUNKEL MICROSCOPY/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of Spiny-back (orb weaver) spider silk gland spigots (Gasteracantha sp.). Spiny-backed spider piriform gland spigots (from the anterior spinneret) through which silk is being secreted (Gasteracantha sp.). Magnification: x470 when shortest axis printed at 25 millimetres.

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