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Acanthaclisis occitanica


I found this amazing crazy-looking creature in a dune beach, in Cascais. It stood very still, camouflaging in the rope and really just posed for the shot. Several times. Only reacted when in shadow, so I'm thinking that those appendices could be photosensitive! I want to risk that it could be a dragonfly? But I never have seen one like this, and it didn't fly, so I could really see what it looks like fully!


This one was in an sort of arid dune beach.


Ioannis 10 years ago

Yes, definitely not a Neuroleon, I was wrong.
But look also at Synclisis baetica here:
According to this discussion:
the black line on the thorax is split all the long for Synclisis baetica but only at the back for Acanthaclisis occitanica. Yours black line looks split all along as for S. baetica.

Filipa 10 years ago

Ioannis, looking closely I think it's probably Manval's suggestions, but thank you for the input, and thanks Manval (:

PedroNicolau 10 years ago

WTH? Wow, great spotting!

Ioannis 10 years ago

I think it's a Neuroleon, but which one?

Filipa 10 years ago

Mady it was about 10 cm, really astounding !
Thank you for the kind words staccyh (:
Gilma, after researching it I don't think that it is a Dobsonfly, since it appears to be lacking those big appendices, but I think it is an 'Antlion' (once again, thank you so much FaredinAliyevski!). The question is, which species ?

That creature is so very interesting, Filipa.
When I first looked at it, I thought it was some sort of Dobsonfly!?
Looking forward for an ID on this great creature.

staccyh 10 years ago

cool photo's! Haven't ever seen that in my life before either!

FaredinAliyevski 10 years ago

This is a perfectly camouflaged 'Antlion' you can learn more about it here:

mendes.madalena 10 years ago

wicked! how big was it?

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Spotted on Aug 27, 2013
Submitted on Aug 31, 2013

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