The South American camouflage spider (octoleggus nightmareous) is an extremely venomous arachnid recently discovered by Dr. Iam Gettuneten in May of 2010.  They are a species exclusive to the rain forest, and are considered endangered.  The camouflage spider is a member of the tarantula family, although it does not exhibit some of the commonly known traits.  It is transparent and off-white in color, unlike many of its darker relatives.  Also one of the smallest tarantulas known to man at 2.5 cm in length, the camouflage spider contains enough venom to kill an average size adult human male.

Similar to the chameleon and octopus, the camouflage spider has the ability to blend in with its surroundings by altering its outward appearance.  There is a thin skin-like layer of tissue directly beneath its transparent exoskeleton that changes color in various situations.  The thin hairs surrounding its body are used to detect any motion in its vicinity.  Whenever the spider feels threatened, it crouches down and camouflages into its surroundings.  The camouflage spider intelligently uses its eight legs, individually or in combination, in order to mimic anything from another insect to various plants or rocks.  Being a natural predator, the camouflage spider also uses its color changing abilities to hunt anything from small insects to small mammals.  By either waiting for a smaller target to get close enough, or by slowly moving toward larger prey, the camouflage spider is able to hunt virtually undetected. 

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