New record of a Whip Spider

Video | Updated 6 months ago

Whip spiders are small to large arachnids with large spiny pedipalps (definition:, a pair of two-segmented chelicerae (definition:, four pairs of legs, of which the first pair are greatly elongated and whip-like, and an ovate abdomen which lacks a terminal flagellum.

They are considered to be most similar to whip scorpions (Uropygi - and schizomids (Schizomida - as all three orders share numerous features in common, such as the antennae-like first pair of legs.

Whip spiders occur in most tropical and sub-tropical regions of the world. This particular specimen was collected from the north-west of Western Australia in the Kimberley region – which was a very unexpected discovery.

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