Jan 18, 2007

Damon Variegatus Abominationus

You folks have been leaving some great comments of late. I'm beginning to feel unfit for the task of posting for this blog, because my readers are so much more clever and knowledgable than I am. Oh well. I'll keep truding on.

Back to the uglies ...

Tiina sent in this photo of a damon variegatus, commonly known as a Tanzanian Giant Tailless Whipscorpion. I could go into how it belongs to the Amblypygi order of the Arachnida class of Arthropods. I could also discuss how some people believe this venomless creature makes for a great pet and a wonderful addition to any arachnid collection.

But no one can sum up the whipscorpion as well as Tiina herself; Spawn of Satan (which she derives from the 'damon' genus to which it belongs). Such a laconic definition might not aid in the taxonomy of this abomination, but it is good enough for me.

And just so you know, the specimen in the photo below is young. These suckers get as big as 8 1/2" with the legs spread out.

Thanks for the link, Tiina.

Photo courtesy: Stefan2209


Anonymous said...

I said, "Gaaaahhh!" out loud when I scrolled down to this pic. Yikes!

Anonymous said...

I'm pretty sure that there was a Fear Factor episode where they made people eat these poor little guys.

Raging Wombat said...

I think they were in the Las Vegas episode a couple years back. But Rogan was calling them African Cave Dwelling Spiders.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the nightmares.