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        Predators | Gorongosa Park

        Predators come in all shapes and sizes — but from insects to reptiles, all have evolved a special way of attacking their prey. Take a closer look at some of Gorongosa's fiercest, smallest predators in these high definition images courtesy of Piotr Naskrecki.

        Sibyl Mantis

        A portrait of the Precious Sibyl mantis (Sibylla pretiosa) it is easy to get the impression that this insect really thinks.

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        Cuckoo Wasp

        Cuckoo wasps (Chrysididae, possibly Stilbum sp.) They are parasitoids and cleptoparsites of beetles and other wasps, and are probably looking for possible nesting sites in my human-made cave.

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        Golden Orb-Weaver Attack!

        Golden orb weavers (Nephila senegalensis)

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        Portia Jumping Spider

        The innocent, sweet face of a smart predator _ the Portia jumping spider (Portia schultzi) from Gorongosa National Park. These animals hunt web-spinning spiders by mimicking the vibrations made by insects trapped in the web, and then quickly kill the spiders fooled by them.

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        Pygmy Chameleon Attack!

        The tongue of the Mt Gorongosa pygmy chameleon rarely misses.

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