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Toxins, Volume 10, Issue 11 (November 2018)
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Cover Story (view full-size image) Once she has snatched her prey from the air and carried it to a suitable perch, the female giant [...] Read more. Once she has snatched her prey from the air and carried it to a suitable perch, the female giant assassin fly (Dolopus genitalis) injects venom into her cockroach prey (Rhabdoblatta sp.). New data published in this issue shows that her venom, which induces an almost instant contractile paralysis preventing escape or retaliation, contains disulfide-rich peptides closely resembling spider and scorpion venom neurotoxins as well as a host of catabolic enzymes. This research reveals convergent evolution between diverse groups of venomous invertebrates and highlights the >7,000 species of living assassin flies as an underexplored source of novel toxins. View this paper.