Creepy looking Tailless Whipscorpions are not spiders, nor scorpions, and are in a family all their own.
Tailless Whipscorpions look like a mix of different arachnids, but they are unique. Long, skinny legs suggest the Whipscorpion is a type of spider, but it is not. Its first pair of legs end in antennae and they are whipped around and in front of the Tailless Whipscorpion as it moves, feeling for nearby prey. The large, menacing pedipalps that look like claws are reminiscent of a scorpion, but this creature has no tail nor stinger. The pedipalps are used to capture and crush prey as well as to aid in grooming. Though they have fangs, they cannot eat solids so they tear their prey into small pieces, sucking the fluids off of them.
Females carry their eggs for a short period of time under their belly. Once the eggs hatch, the young Tailless Whipscorpions ride on the mother's back for almost a week before venturing off on their own. Usually hidden all day in dark areas, adults emerge at dusk to begin hunting. If you expose one by lifting the stone it is hiding under, it will run sideways, like a crab, to escape and seek shelter elsewhere.
Scientific Name: Phyrnus spp.
Other Name(s): Tailless Whip Spider
Size (Adult; Length): 10mm to 17mm (0.39in to 0.66in)
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