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What the Fuck is This???

I caught this dude in my shower cubicle a couple of weeks ago, in Tissamaharama. Anyone know what kind of a spider it is? It was about two thirds the size of my hand, and each leg is about the length of one of my fingers (the pic above’s about life-size or a bit larger). What is really weird — and which I’ve never seen before — is its front pair of legs. As you can see in the pic, these legs are folded, and if not, would be much longer than the other legs. There’s also some sort of pincer or claw on the end of these front legs, like a crab or scorpion. In addition, it’s got long antennae, like a lobster or crab, and moved sideways like the latter. I’ve shown this picture to many people, including a wildlife photographer, but no one has a clue. Any ideas?

August 27, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , ,


  1. :S severe arachnophobic.

    Comment by Dee | August 27, 2010 | Reply

  2. new discovery perhaps?

    Comment by purpleboxers | August 27, 2010 | Reply

  3. I came here expecting another Miss Universe post. 🙂

    This is a Tailless Whip-scorpion. It is not a true scorpion or a true spider. Instead it is a unique type of an Arachnid
    that belong to the order: Amblypygi. Your specimen is most probably Damon variegatus.

    I had a pair of them in my bathroom, but they have sadly vacated now. Tailless Whip-scorpions can only pinch their prey, for they lack venom glands. They hunt cockroaches and stuff like with no mercy.

    The first true pair of legs is modified to serve as “feelers,” and hinding in narrow slits, they use them to good effect to ambush prey.

    Comment by Gallicissa | August 27, 2010 | Reply

  4. Ma man iz right mate it’s a tailess whip scorpion ! How’s the peace ? We r coming home !

    Comment by Rajarata | August 28, 2010 | Reply

  5. Euw…. I think i’m going to avoid Thissa… or maybe just avoid bathrooms :/

    Comment by Angel | September 1, 2010 | Reply

  6. what’s the answer to Rajarata’s question?

    Comment by answer | September 3, 2010 | Reply

  7. Thanks, Gallicissa. Was hoping you’d see this.

    Comment by David Blacker | September 3, 2010 | Reply

  8. Not a problem.
    FYI, I e-mailed your picture to a world authority on Amblypygi, and heard from him over the weekend. According to him, this belongs to the genus, Phrynichus. And he suspected that it might be Phrynichus phipsoni.

    Comment by Gallicissa | September 13, 2010 | Reply

  9. I live in Ragama, Western Province Sri Lanka. In our place also these spiders can be found……… They started appearing about two years ago….. maybe these came from somewhere else…… creepy….. but harmless…….

    Comment by surendias | June 9, 2011 | Reply

  10. Just seen on of those on the coast of Ballito in South Africa

    Comment by R Paragon | March 16, 2013 | Reply

  11. I also found those fellows at my old house at piliyandala. they are really creepy with those front legs

    Comment by jeevan | September 29, 2015 | Reply

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