The lynx spider are really singular between spiders because they don’t construct webs or underbound nests, but they simply hunt by ambushes and jumping to the prey; some species of this genus can also change color to blend in, like a chameleon.
The Phyxelididae, the lace web weavers, are one of the families of spiders to have appeared on the scene in recent years as a result of the collapse of the ‘amaurobioids’. They are a family of smallish spiders found mostly in eastern Africa (including Madagascar). A single species, Phyxelida anatolica, is found in Cyprus and southeast Turkey, and the genus Vytfutia includes two species found in Sumatra and Borneo.
Male of the Madagascan Ambohima sublima, with enlarged inset of the clasping apparatus of metatarsus I, from Griswold et al. (2012).
Goliath bird eating spider (Theraphosa blondi). The largest (by mass) spider in the world, reaching the weight of 170g and leg span of 30cm. Observed by RAP scientists in Guyana in 2006. They live in burrows on the floor of lowland rainforests and despite the name feed primarily on invertebrates (but have been observed eating small mammals, lizards and even venomous snakes).
A jumping spider seems to bat its eyelashes for Thomas Vignaud’s camera. The venomous arachnid, which can jump up to 80 times the length of its own body, can be elusive and difficult to photograph. via telegraph uk