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Subject: Strange 8 legged thing
Location: South Africa
May 25, 2017 5:52 am
I found this thing could please help identify it and wether it’s dangerous thank you
Sincerely
Jane
Signature: JD

Tailless Whipscorpion

Dear Jane,
This is a Tailless Whipscorpion, a shy, nocturnal predator that will prey upon unwanted household pests like Cockroaches as well as Spiders and Scorpions.  Tailless Whipscorpions might bite if carelessly handled, but they are considered harmless as they have no venom.

Thanks so much really appreciate the help I researched and apparently they’re also called whipspiders? http://www.arc.agric.za/arc-ppri/Pages/SANSA/Whipspiders.aspx

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Subject: Fearsome bug in Cambodia
Location: Sihanoukville, Cambodia
April 30, 2017 9:06 pm
I have seen this bug in my bathroom (both times it was I the bathroom)) acouple of times in my home in Sihanoukville, Cambodia. The time of year is March and April. As it looks fearsome, I would like to know anything I can about it.
Signature: Al

Whipscorpion

Dear Al,
Despite its fearsome appearance, this Whipscorpion is harmless since it has no venom, however its mandibles might have been capable of biting prior to its untimely demise, which is why we are tagging this posting as Unnecessary Carnage.  Whipscorpions are shy, nocturnal hunters that will help keep your bathroom and other rooms free of Cockroaches, Spider and Scorpions, and other unwanted visitors, which is why they are frequently tolerated in tropical countries.

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Subject: Tailless Whipscorpion?
Location: Chemuyíl Pueblo, México Yucatán
January 8, 2017 10:58 am
Hi. This creature is living inside my casita’s biodigestor (a sewage processing tank), but I imagine it has a good life in there. It seems to use the long front legs as feelers, probing in all directions. There are many unusual bugs in the jungle here, such as spiders and scorpions that carry their babies on their backs.
I was delighted to find your site – thanks!
P.S. Can you tell me about spiderlings traveling in a “conga line”, hundreds of them? Why?
Signature: Malcolm

Tailless Whipscorpion

Dear Malcolm,
Back in 2006 we received images of a Tailless Whipscorpion from Manzanillo, Colima, Mexico with the information that a local name is Cancle.  Wolf Spiders are among the most well-known Spiders that exhibit maternal behavior, caring for the young Spiderlings until they are ready to disperse.  We have never heard of a situation where Spiderlings remain together after leaving the female’s protection, and we suspect the “conga line” you witnessed was of creatures other than Spiders.  The behavior you describe is more typical of social insects like ants or immature Hemipterans.  Are you able to provide an image? 

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Subject: Is this a dangerous scorpion?
Location: Eleuthera Bahamas
December 1, 2016 5:40 pm
I would like to know what kind of Scorpion this is. And is is deadly? A friend from Eleuthera Bahamas sent me the picture. I didn’t even know we has scorpions in the Bahamas. I live in the main city which is Nassau Bahamas an I never ever seen one.
Signature: Shirrel Douglas

Scorpion

Scorpion

Dear Shirrel,
We believe we have correctly identified your Scorpion as
Centruroides guanensis thanks to The Scorpion Files where the range is listed as “USA (Florida), Caribbean (Bahamas, Cuba).”  Regarding the sting, The Scorpion Files states:  “From Dr. Rolando Teruel’s personal experience: mild venom, sharp painful sting with aftereffects lasting for 1-5 hrs.”

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Subject: Scorpio
Location: Long island bahamas
September 10, 2016 4:36 pm
What is this and are they poisonous
Signature: shazad ferguson

Scorpion:  Centruroides guanensis

Scorpion: Centruroides guanensis

Dear Shazad,
We believe we have identified your Scorpion as
Centruroides guanensis thanks to the Scorpion Files site where it states that the distribution is:  “USA (Florida), Caribbean (Bahamas, Cuba).”  Regarding the sting, the site states:  “No available data. From Dr. Rolando Teruel’s personal experience: mild venom, sharp painful sting with aftereffects lasting for 1-5 hrs.”  According to Caribbean Medical News:  “people do not usually die from scorpion stings” but there is information regarding the death of a two year old child.

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Subject: What’s this bug!!?
Location: Cancun Mexico
July 12, 2016 10:30 pm
Hey, so I’m terrified of any type of bugs to begin with… I recently moved to Cancun, Mexico where the weather is super humid and hot. Last night I came across this spider-crab looking bug.. it had crab like claws on his face and apart from all its legs it had what I am assuming are legs but are super long and stringy than the rest of its body… it moved really quick. I’m just scared if there are more of these around my house and if they’re dangerous.. please help. I have a huge phobia of bugs 🙁
Signature: Scared of everything

Tailless Whipscorpion

Tailless Whipscorpion

Dear Scared of everything,
Despite its fearsome appearance and name, this Tailless Whipscorpion poses no threat to humans.  Unlike their venomous namesakes, Tailless Whipscorpions have no venom, though they do have powerful chelicerae or jaws, and they might bite if carelessly handled.  Tailless Whipscorpions are shy, nocturnal hunters that are often tolerated in tropical countries as they help control Cockroaches in the home.  In Mexico, the Tailless Whipscorpion is called a Cancle.

Update:  We just received a comment from Yadira informing us that in Michoacan, Tailless Whipscorpions are called Tindarapos.

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