Tailless Whipscorpion from South Africa

Subject: Harvestman?
Location: Glenmore, KZN
September 20, 2015 8:29 am
Good Day,
My parents found this bug in their garden shed in Glenmore, KZN. Does anybody know what bug this is?
Signature: Nielen

Tailless Whipscorpion
Tailless Whipscorpion

Dear Nielen,
This Tailless Whipscorpion in the Arachnid Order Amblypygi is a shy, nocturnal hunter that poses to threat to humans as Tailless Whipscorpions do not have venom.  They do have strong mandibles and might bite if carelessly handled, but they are more likely to scuttle away to avoid a confrontation.  Allowing it to live in the garden shed will help to reduce the numbers of roaches, spiders and other creatures that might pose a bigger threat to humans.

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