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Sri Lanka Whip Spider

Phrynichus ceylonicus

Description:

Whip spiders is an ancient order of nocturnal arachnids going back 300-350 million years, they are harmless to humans and rarely bite or sting. It is non-venomous. This specimens body length was about 50 mm, it's whip reached fully out-stretched around 15-20 cm on each side. The whips and the scorpion-like pincers are modified legs used for hunting. Whip scorpions can live up to 10 years in captivity under the right conditions.

Habitat:

Urban settlement, close to small patches of jungle. This specimen was found hiding behind some firewood in a corner of a shed.

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2 Comments

Gaia80
Gaia80 a year ago

This is my first spotting ever, I've only seen them on nature programs or news reports. One of my moments of pride when I got these photos, a few days later I found an even bigger one in the same shed :)

Saturniidae27
Saturniidae27 a year ago

Used to seeing the tailed whip scorpion in India, but never saw one of these.
Thanks for sharing :)

Gaia80
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දකුණු පළාත, Sri Lanka

Spotted on Mar 22, 2020
Submitted on Apr 25, 2020

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