The Kid Should See This

A newly-discovered species of cartwheeling spider

This newly-discovered species of cartwheeling spider, Cebrennus rechenbergi or Moroccan flic-flac spider, is definitely something to see. From ScienceTake, watch it (and the robot that it inspired) take a tumble or two. There’s also another video of the pair in German here.

This creature reminded us of the Golden Wheel spider that is featured in episode one of the BBC’s phenomenal Africa series, but there’s a key difference between them. From The New York Times

Another arachnid, the golden rolling spider, exhibits a similar flipping behavior, but can only roll rapidly downhill, with the aid of gravity; the flic-flac spider can do its tumbling uphill, as well as on level ground and downhill. 

In the archives: the Golden Wheel spider, and a few other sand robots – the jumping Sand Flea robot and robot legs made for Mars.

via Tinybop.

This feature is being tested. Saves will disappear if you clear cookies. Find saved videos here.

🌈 Related videos

Durian, the world’s smelliest fruit

Rion Nakaya

What Makes Ticks Stick? A Mouth Like a Ratchet

Rion Nakaya

Shake Your Silk-Maker: The Dance of the Peacock Spider

Rion Nakaya

Fossil hunting in unexplored dinosaur country

Rion Nakaya

Brightly colored flatworm filmed in the waters of Sulawesi, Indonesia

Rion Nakaya

Entropy: How a sandcastle reveals the end of all things

Rion Nakaya

Sicarius spiders self-bury in the sand

Rion Nakaya

The incredibly strong (and massive) web of the Darwin’s bark spider

Rion Nakaya

This “snail shell spider” uses its web to hoist objects up high

Rion Nakaya

 
Browse the TKSST Video Collections

Get 7 smart videos delivered every week.

 

Subscribe