a very attractive species in forest, distinct head marking and abdomen colouration; hairy back legs
To my amazement, this individual did NOT run around, though was quite aggressive and charged in the direction of the camera lens.
Large (5 cm body length, and perhaps 1 cm body width), 10-legged "spider-like" arachnid with large "jaws"; found on the floor in the hallway inside my office building when I arrived there at 08:05 this morning. Must have come in at night, attracted by the lights.
Small solifugid, perhaps one inch long foraging on a porch in the evening in south Texas.
I would appreciate any available taxonomic information.
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...