Amblypygi (Tailless Whip Scorpions)

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Picture of unidentified spider - Dorsal
  • Submitted by: 
    Nick81
  • Submitted: Apr 7, 2019
  • Photographed: Apr 7, 2019
  • Spider: Amblypygi (Tailless Whip Scorpions)
  • Location: Phoenix, Arizona, United States
  • Spotted Indoors: Other
  • Found in web?: No
  • Attributes: Dorsal
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Hi. This is not a spider, they are called tailless whipscorpions. Arachnids in the order Amblypygi.
Sometimes called whip spiders or cave spiders in some movies. They are totally harmless.
Used to play with these as a kid, you do have to take care, their legs are very delicate,especially the very long skinny first pair they use to feel their environment.
Yours is likely Paraphrynus genus,very common in Arizona:
https://bugguide.net/node/view/589050
Playing with one, just a different genus and species.(this would be stressful for these poor guys)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nWSIYlIag6w

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