Spider hair, SEM

Spider hair, SEM

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Caption: Spider hair. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of a hair from a spider (order Araneae). Spiders have sensory hairs that detect tactile (touch) stimuli and air vibrations, allowing them to detect the presence of predators and prey. Some spiders, such as tarantulas, have specialised hairs that they shed as a defence mechanism. The hairs are extremely irritating to the skin and mucous membranes, and may cause attackers hours of pain.

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