Subject: Scorpion?
Location: Central Arizona
November 14, 2015 3:27 pm
Found on a wall after dusk. Have seen these several times.
Signature: Brian

Tailless Whipscorpion

Tailless Whipscorpion

Dear Brian,
This is not a true Scorpion, but as its common name implies, this Tailless Whipscorpion is classfied, along with Spiders and Scorpions, in the class Arachnida, but they are all divided up at the order level of taxonomy.  Unlike Spiders and Scorpions, Tailless Whipscorpions lack venom, so they are not considered dangerous to humans.  They do, however, possess powerful mandibles that they use to crush and chew prey, and if they are carelessly handled, a painful bite may result.  They are shy, nocturnal hunters that generally flee from humans if encountered.

Location: Arizona

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