Mark Wong, an invertebrate zoologist from Australian National University, was doing whatever zoologists do when he stumbled upon a mutated version of the funnel web spider. The little lady he found was in the Tallaganda State Forest in New South Wales.
Typically, funnel web spiders are a (terrifying) shade of jet black.
But this one had a bright red fang and belly. (Oh, great. Spiders are getting even creepier.)
Funnel-web spiders are venomous, but there have thankfully been no fatalities since the development of anti-venoms.
Wong isn’t certain what caused the striking red pigmentation, but he suspects it was the result of a genetic mutation. (There’s no word on whether or not the spider was irradiated and its bite would transform the victim into a superhero.)
“Finding new and innovating ways to make human beings uncomfortable.” –A spider’s mission statement.