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Whip spider from Flores, Indonesia (Phrynus exsul)

Whip spider from Flores, Indonesia (Phrynus exsul)
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This remarkable arachnid belongs to the ancient order of whip spiders (Amblypygi) and, as a such, differs from modern spiders in many ways. One pair of elongate legs is used like antennae and only three pairs for walking. Whip spiders do not produce venom, but grab their prey with raptorial pedipalps. They do not produce silk, and the mating behaviour is more scorpion like: The male deposits a spermatophore on the ground and guides the female over it, which will pick it up.

Habitat: Cave
Location: Gua Batu Cermin, Labuan Bajo, Flores, Indonesia
Date: 2018-02-05 21:29:59

Arthropoda Arachnida Amblypygi Phrynidae Phrynus Phrynus exsul Cave spider Whip spider in situ In the wild

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