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Tailless Whip Scorpion by melvynyeo Tailless Whip Scorpion by melvynyeo
Tailless whip scorpions (often called whip spiders), are scientifically referred to as amblypigids because they belong to the order Amblypigi. They have been given the name tailless whip scorpions because of their lack of a tail (telson). In fact, “amblypigid” means “blunt rump”.

Amblypygids are unique in that they have six walking legs, whereas other arachnids have eight. The reason for this is that amblypygids' first “ancestral" walking legs have been modified into sensory organs. These long sensory “feelers” can be twice the length of the body and are used to probe the environment. Because amblypygids are active in environments where there is very little light, these modified “legs” are extremely important to them for sensing their surroundings.

Another distinguishing feature of amblypygids is their pincer-like pedipalps. These structures act like the “claws” of the preying mantis or the mantid shrimp. Amblypygids use them to grasp prey, which are then brought into the body to be sliced by their shearing mouthparts (called chelicerae).

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Vanille94 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013
This looks like the spider thing in Harry Potter, when Moody is teaching them those forbidden spells XD
Fantastic shot!
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trana-blay5 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
WOAH! That's a brightly colored Tailless Whip :O
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012
Thanks! :)
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trana-blay5 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome ^^
Now do they really come in that bright of color? 'Cause that's REMARKABLE! :O
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012
Yes, this is it's original color. Here's another few if you are interested :)
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trana-blay5 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:heart:
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pVVEN Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011
Awesome! Love the tiger stripes
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012
Thanks! :)
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cey-cey Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
waow ... looks fantastic.
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011
Thanks! :)
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