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Whip spider mother

Order Amblypygi


Whip spider mother with her young. Spotted 50M in un-named cave, Brgy. Linmansangan, Alaminos City, Pangasian.


The characteristic trait that gave the whip spiders their name is the extremely elongated pair of first walking legs, which in contrast to the situation in spiders cannot be used for locomotion. An elongation of the first walking leg pair also occurred in the Uropygi, but by far not in the same degree as it is the case in the whip spiders. The perpetual motion of the first pair of elongated walking legs may remember of the slash of whips (Weygoldt, 2000). Also characteristic for whip spiders is the presence of raptorial spined pedipalps, that can attain a considerable length in many species; raptorial spine pedipalps can also be found in the Uropygi. One of the most prominent traits that distinguish the whip spiders from the Uropygi is that the latter possess a “tail“ that consists of an extremely elongated multisegmented telson, whereas the whip spiders do not (Weygoldt, 2000). -


Photo by Jerry Rendon

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MayraSpringmann 9 years ago

Wow! This is fantastic! Great shot!

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 9 years ago

Need to correct ID Tailless Whip Scorpion.

TY Ashish, it's my honor...

Nicholas4 9 years ago

Phenomenal close up!!

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 9 years ago

Incredible !!

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 9 years ago

Do not surprise with Mission pictures.. Its your own spotting is used for this Mission... congrats.. your spottings is really great for me encouraged to form a important Mission...

Thanks, Emilie!

Ashish, a wolf spider mom w/babies was just posted by KathyHardy:

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 10 years ago

Yes.. this look to be Great Momma as seen here...

EmilieChich 10 years ago

great spotting!

Thanks Atul & Apple... and thanks also ,Ashish, for pointing out about the American Wolf Spider, there are some gnarly photos from Google Images.

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 10 years ago

Fantastic spotting..!!
this act of adult Scorpion remind me American Wolf Spider.

Apple 10 years ago

Great spotting! Very creepy but amazing at the same time!

Atul 10 years ago

this is super stuff!

TY ya'al! For a little humor, when we use this photo during lectures, we say, "To find out how many babies she's carrying... you count the number of legs and divide by 8."

Maria dB
Maria dB 10 years ago


KarenL 10 years ago

Wonderful spot!

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 10 years ago

Incredible spotting !

Aaron_G 10 years ago

Love, love, LOVE this!

Dagupan, Pangasinan, Philippines

Spotted on Mar 1, 2012
Submitted on Mar 1, 2012

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