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Scientists unravel mysteries of unique Aussie spider silk – ZME Science

The silk of this spider is unique. Its properties have now been analyzed in a new study.

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When spiders typically weave their webs, they employ the help of the surrounding environment — whether it’s plants or the corners of our houses, spiders typically use something more rigid to support their webs. But not the basket-web spider.
As the name implies, the basket-web spider builds a different type of web: one that’s more similar to a container, suitable both for catching prey and for protecting its eggs.
The silk used to build the foraging web is similar to that used to make protecti…

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