This spider performs acrobatic flips!

Cebrennus Rechenbergi spiderA nocturnal spider native to the Erg Chebbi Desert in Morocco has an acrobatic solution to escape danger. Cebrennus rechenbergi, one of the ten most fascinating species in 2015, can cartwheel! It belongs to the Sparassidae family of spiders that are synonymous with speed and often known as huntsmen.

Nicknamed “flic-flac” by Dr Peter Jäger of Senckenberg Research Institute, who identified the spider, it performs acrobatic flips in the air which resemble cartwheels. It can jump 6.6 feet per second, enabling it to move two times faster than it can when simply walking.

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