Whipscorpions

^JP UK ORDKR IJROPYOI consists of

_just two families comprising 99

species. These flattened arachnids arc also known as vinegaroons because of their ability to defend themselves by spraying formic and acetic acids from a pair of glands at the end of their abdomen. The cephalothorax is longer than it is wide. It is covered by a carapace that carries a pair of eyes at the front edge and several eyes on each side.

The chelicerac are more like spider fangs than pincers and the abdomen has 12 segments and ends in a whiplike "tail" section that is quite different from that of true scorpions. The robust pedipalps arc used to catch, hold, and crush prey. Reproduction is similar to that of true scorpions, and females carry hatched young on their backs.

Order iJROI'YCi!

Family TUKLYI'UONIOAK

No. of species 75

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