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#84359 02/14/05 01:57 AM
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Grosssssssssssssss! wwh sent me a shorter link to the amblypygid . This is the ugliest spider in the world except to other amblypygid s:

http://makeashorterlink.com/?I6272587A

Edit: Well, actually the spider is an Ambylypygid. Close enough.

Second edit: Well, actually the word is spelled two ways on the above page, so I take the one in the red edit is incorrect. Here's the genus: Amblypygi

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let us hope that it's not to be taken too literally.

ambly- dim; blunt
pygid (small?) rump

now, callipygian.. or spheropygian

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At risk of going off-topic (I don't know how it's looked upon here but some forums are very strict...):

1. 'Amblylypygid' is certainly a typo; the word is amblypygid
2. Amblypygids are not spiders, but belong to a different order -
3. - Amblypygi, which isn't a genus. The genus of the animal shown is Damon. There are around a couple of dozen genera in all.

Some south american spcies can reach in excess of two feet across the 'whips'.

The article is interesting, incidentally. It's a strange thing to lose in Brighton (not many people keep them, and they're generally both quite expensive and not easy to get hold of).





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risk of going off-topic

Around here it's practically required.

So, what differentiates amblypygids and spiders?


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>So, what differentiates amblypygids and spiders?

amblypygids have curly tails...



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re: At risk of going off-topic

the lower you go down the topics, the less strict we become.. down here, (below the fold) it's not quite a free for all, but almost!

but up in Q & A about words, or A & I, we are a bit more titchy-- and well, complain.. if you start out 'off topic'

you can get away with it, but only if the post subject is, really, really interesting, (to EVERYONE) and since that happens only once every 60 thousand years or so..

but even up there, most things go off topic eventually...



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Some south american spcies can reach in excess of two feet across the 'whips'.
TWO FEET!!!
And to think I used to want to visit S. Amer.


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yeahbut they got small feet :)


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