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Harvestmen Spider

Opilione Sp.

Description:

A Harvestmen Spider seen hunting a fly at night. The spider literally sucked the fly, threw it and ran away. Opiliones are known for their exceptionally long legs relative to their body size; however, some species are short-legged. They have no silk glands and therefore they do not build webs. Harvestmen have a pair of prosomatic defensive scent glands (ozopores) that secrete a peculiar smelling fluid when disturbed. In some species the fluid contains noxious quinones.

Habitat:

Seen at Phansad Wildlife Sanctuary.

Notes:

An urban legend claims that the harvestman is the most venomous animal in the world, but possesses fangs too short or a mouth too round and small to bite a human and therefore is not dangerous.

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4 Comments

Wild Things
Wild Things 8 years ago

Wow thanks for sharing the information Maria :-)

Maria dB
Maria dB 8 years ago

Lovely spotting, Satyen. Although harvestmen are arthropods, they are not spiders. Spiders have two-part bodies and harvestmen only one.

Wild Things
Wild Things 8 years ago

Thanks Jemma!

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 8 years ago

awesome!

Wild Things
Spotted by
Wild Things

Maharashtra, India

Spotted on Aug 31, 2013
Submitted on Sep 13, 2013

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