Join arachnologist Hannah Wood as she talks about her field expeditions to Madagascar and other remote places in the world. They may be small, but assassin spiders are among the most dangerous spiders on the planet –- if you're another spider, that is. A classic example of convergent evolution, Wood's findings suggest that the need to strike out at prey from a distance encouraged the evolution of extended spider body parts on more than one occasion.
Hannah M.Wood is an arachnologist with the California Academy of Sciences; University of California, Berkeley (Ph.D.), Graduate Assistant.
Arachnologist Hannah Wood introduces the "stealthy predator" of the world of arachnids: the assassin spider. With its unusually long neck, the assassin spider actively hunts its only prey -- other spiders.