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Family Phrynidae

Phrynus operculatus Tailless Whipscorpion - Paraphrynus carolynae Spider or scorpion? - Paraphrynus carolynae Large Insect - Paraphrynus carolynae Amblypygid - Paraphrynus carolynae paraphrynus mexicanus - Phrynus operculatus bug - Phrynus operculatus Tailless whipscorpion - Phrynus operculatus
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Chelicerata (Chelicerates)
Class Arachnida (Arachnids)
Order Amblypygi (Tailless Whipscorpions)
Family Phrynidae
Members of this family have flattened bodies, 3/8" (8-11 mm) long, with spiny pedipalps and slender, flat antennae-like legs. The cephalothorax is often wider than long, and the abdomen is generally shorter and narrower than the cephalothorax. The abdomen and cephalothorax are connected by a short stalk. The first pair of legs have long filamentous or whiplike tips. The remaining 3 pairs of legs are held to the side, crablike. (1)
Primarily denizens of humid tropics, most North American species are found in Florida and Gulf states, where they occasionally enter houses. (1)
Print References
Quintero, D. 1981. The amblypygid genus Phrynus in the Americas (Amblypygi, Phrynidae). J. Arachnol., 9: 117-166 - Info and key to genera
Internet References
Info provided by Lynette Schimming