Very small camel spider found under a rock on Umtanum ridge. Approx 1" long. Posterior tagma is 10-segmented. Has what appear to be fangs, and one set of "false" legs
2105 PDT during Cabrillo National Monument Bioblitz
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While checking under rocks in the early afternoon sun, we unexpectedly encountered a large solifuge taking refuge under a small boulder. Its body length (including its legs) would have easily reached across the diameter of a quarter. The solifuge was returned to its home after this photo was taken.
Solifugae is an order of animals in the class Arachnida. They are known variously as camel spiders, wind scorpions, sun spiders or solifuges. The order includes more than 1,000 described species in about 153 genera. Much like a spider, the body of a Solifugid has two tagmata: an opisthosoma (abdomen) behind the prosoma (that is, in effect, a combined head and thorax). At the front end, the prosoma bears two chelicerae that, in most species, are...