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Re[2]: Arachnids and other odd fellows...



Correctamundo! One of the learning experiences for those of us migrating into
the American Southwest. These sun spiders look all the world like scorpions,
especially the colouring. I'm sure more injuries result from people banging
away or jumping out of bed to avoid these sun spiders than are injured by the
scorpions.

Terry
<colvint@cc.ims.disa.mil>


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Subject: Re: Arachnids and other odd fellows...
Author:  pwillis@ozemail.com.au at smtp
Date:    23/6/1995 4:21 AM


Dear Skip,

What you describe fits the description of a large Solifugid, also known as 
sun spiders or wind scorpions. There are about 800 species from the tropics 
and subtropics including more than 100 from the American southwest and a few 
species form Florida. Generally, they prefer arid environments. And 
reasonsable invertebrate text should be able to give you more information 
(Order Solifugae, Class Arachnida).

Cheers, Paul

pwillis@ozemail.com.au

"Nature conceals her mysteries, not by her cunning, but by her essential 
grandeur"
                                Albert Einstein