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Tailless Whip Scorpion

Amblypygi Genus sp.

Description:

An example of the Tailless Whip Scorpions found in abundance here. They are light to dark brown, have a short abdomen, a hard carapace and very long legs. The first pair of legs are sensory legs not used for walking and are ridiculously long like whips, from whence comes their name. They can easily reach out to 10-15 cm on each side. The grasping pedipalps are quite long with several sharp spines they use with which to hold their prey.

Habitat:

Found along our house at night in SE Ecuador (700 masl).

Notes:

Interesting little creatures that can move forward, backward or sideways when disturbed. They are quick moving and "scary-looking" but being non-venomous, not dangerous at all. Other than both being arachnids, they have nothing in common with true scorpions. The last picture is not for the squeamish 😊

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15 Comments

Tukup
Tukup 2 months ago

I don't know about "adorable" but definitely unique and cool. Glad you like it. Thanks Isaac.

Issac Marlow
Issac Marlow 2 months ago

I think it looks adorable.

Tukup
Tukup 2 months ago

Thanks Dawn. Not sure if that student needs commending or counseling 😊 I'll go with commending. Tell them thanks. I think they're pretty cool too.

Dawn Lopez-Garanzuay
Dawn Lopez-Garanzuay 2 months ago

From one of my students..."Your spotting looks so beautiful!"

Tukup
Tukup 3 months ago

Thanks James. They are definitely unique.

James McNair
James McNair 3 months ago

Wow what an amazing looking creature

Tukup
Tukup 3 months ago

Thanks Dawn. Not many think arachnids look cool. Glad you approve 😊

Dawn Lopez-Garanzuay
Dawn Lopez-Garanzuay 3 months ago

The spider looks so cool! Thanks for sharing, and loved the information.

Tukup
Tukup 3 months ago

Thanks Ingrid. You have to kind of sneak up on them or they scurry out of the way pretty fast. Most times you just see a "shadow" flitting away in the corner of your eye. But if you can get close without scaring them, they are fascinating to watch. But, yes, you are right. Surprises are different.

Ingrid3
Ingrid3 3 months ago

COOL! i am just thinking how i would feel walking into this AMAZING creature in the middle of the night!

Tukup
Tukup 3 months ago

Thanks Jae. Fascinating arachnids.

Jae
Jae 3 months ago

Wow awesome! Great photos, Tukup.

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 3 months ago

Yes, they are common in the Amazon forest, which is quite far from where I live. My area is the Atlantic Forest, down south Brazil. But we DO have some interesting critters here...:-)

Tukup
Tukup 3 months ago

They really are and fortunately we have them in abundance. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to narrow the ID down past Order. Hope you see one soon. I assume you have them there.

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 3 months ago

That is one that I still need to see "in person". They must be awesome.

Tukup
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Tukup

Morona-Santiago, Ecuador

Spotted on Jan 27, 2019
Submitted on Apr 21, 2021

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