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Scorpion-tailed spider

Arachnura melanura


From Wikipedia: Arachnura melanura, also known as black tail spider and drag tail spider is a species of spider in the family Araneidae. It ranges from India to Japan to Sulawesi. It camouflages itself by mimicking dead leaves and twigs to lure its prey.


Seen along a trail through highland farms and secondary forest near the village of Siulak Deras on the edge of the Kerinci Seblat National Park, Sumatra, Indonesia.

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luke.mackin 5 years ago

It does look like that. It seems almost like that back part is some kind of shell. It's bizarre.

travellingchez 5 years ago

Very unusual spider. It almost looks like its tail is stuck on. Strange what nature comes up with.

luke.mackin 5 years ago

This was my first time seeing one, and I was a bit dumbstruck for a while ;)

LeanneGardner 5 years ago

I've only seen these in books! He's an interesting looking spider that's for sure. Great spotting Luke :)

Jambi, Indonesia

Lat: -1.90, Long: 101.31

Spotted on Feb 1, 2013
Submitted on Feb 6, 2013

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