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What type of spider was this?

 
 
Reply Wed 14 Dec, 2016 02:18 pm
My snowbirding neighbor just killed a spider in Yucatan, Mexico. According to his housekeeper, it's not poisonous, but we'd like to know exactly what type of spider it was. Photo here: https://s27.postimg.org/mg1we4mr7/spider.jpg

Thanks.

C-i-M
 
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InfraBlue
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Reply Wed 14 Dec, 2016 05:25 pm
From what it looks like; what with the pedipalps and blunt abdomen, among other things; it's not a spider. It's an Amblypygi, i.e. whip spider, tailless whip scorpion.

Clueless-in-Mexico
 
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Reply Wed 14 Dec, 2016 08:25 pm
@InfraBlue,
Oh wow. I think you're right, InfraBlue. Thanks a bunch!
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rosborne979
 
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Reply Thu 15 Dec, 2016 05:14 am
@Clueless-in-Mexico,
Looks more like a Whip Scorpion to me.
edgarblythe
 
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Reply Thu 15 Dec, 2016 06:00 am
https://s27.postimg.org/mg1we4mr7/spider.jpg
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Clueless-in-Mexico
 
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Reply Tue 27 Dec, 2016 11:46 am
@rosborne979,
rosborne979, isn't "tailless whip scorpion" (I see no tail) and "whip spider" the same thing?
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Reply Tue 27 Dec, 2016 06:04 pm
@Clueless-in-Mexico,
Clueless-in-Mexico wrote:

rosborne979, isn't "tailless whip scorpion" (I see no tail) and "whip spider" the same thing?
Apparently Tailless Whip Scorpions and Whip Scorpions are substantially different (different Orders). Who knew?

Here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amblypygi
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