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________                    __________________________________________________________ Arachnoids 12 – Harvestmen

 

 

 

A close up of a plant

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HARVESTMAN Dicranopalpus ramosus agg. (m)

 

A insect on a branch

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HARVESTMAN Dicranopalpus ramosus agg. (m)

 

A insect on a flower

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HARVESTMAN Dicranopalpus ramosus agg. (m)

 

A close up of a flower

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HARVESTMAN Dicranopalpus ramosus agg. (m)

 

A picture containing small, sitting, branch, bird

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HARVESTMAN Dicranopalpus ramosus agg. (m)

 

A picture containing small, sitting, bird, green

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HARVESTMAN Dicranopalpus ramosus agg. (m)

 

A close up of a flower

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HARVESTMAN Dicranopalpus ramosus agg. (m)

 

 

·         This male harvestman Dicranopalpus ramosus agg. (one of two recently morphologically similar but recently split species) has distinctive forked pedipalps that are an obvious feature of the above photographs, a fused cephalothorax and abdomen and just two eyes positioned on a raised ‘turret’.  It also has extremely long legs that significantly reduce the image size of the body when one attempts to fit them all into a photograph! The black transverse stripe is peculiar to the males of this species. Despite appearances these near relatives of spiders, belonging to the Order Opiliones, are entirely harmless to man. The individual featured here is carrying an unwanted passenger in the form of a small orange ectoparasitic mite that has inserted its mouthparts between the coxa and trochanter so that it can obtain a free meal!

 

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