Amblypygi

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Amblypygi

[am′blip·i‚jī]
(invertebrate zoology)
An order of chelicerate arthropods in the class Arachnida, commonly known as the tailless whip scorpions.

Amblypygi

 

an order of arachnids of the group Pedipalpi. The flattened body measures as much as 4.5 cm in length. The cephalothorax is broad, and the abdomen has 12 segments and lacks the caudal filament characteristic of other orders of the Pedipalpi. The pedipalps are prehensile, and the legs of the first pair are long and cirriform.

The group consists of approximately 60 species, which are distributed in the tropics. The animals live mainly in forests, under plant debris and rocks.

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This summer, they'll be joined by much smaller critters -- more than 100 arachnids, from the tiger rump tarantula to the tailless whip scorpion. The hands-on temporary exhibit "Amazing Arachnids" celebrates these eight-legged creatures with an art-themed area, as well as spaces devoted to science and culture.
Live animals also take centre stage with a Goliath bird eating spider and a tailless whip scorpion among others, with specially commissioned animations, videos and a free comic exhibition guide.
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The collection of tailless whip scorpions will feature in a series of events at the site in Cheshire Oaks during the half term holidays.
As well as the tailless whip scorpions and giant vinegaroons, people will be able to hold things like flat rock scorpions, giant African train millipedes, Chile rose tarantula, pink toe tarantula, royal pythons, frogs and cock-cock roaches.
Image Credits: Vampire squid: MBARI; Tarantula: Wikimedia Commons/CA[c]sar Guadarrama; Basking shark: Wikimedia Commons/Greg Skomal; Tailless whip scorpion: Wikimedia Commons/Notafly; Sun scorpion: Wikimedia Commons/Kedddy
Tailless whip scorpions, also known as amblypygi, are cousins to spiders, belonging to the same class, Arachnida.
Among the wide range of reptiles being sold in the shop is the Tailless Whip Scorpion - which walks like a crab and looks like a spider.