Cave Whip Spider

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Cave Whip Spider

Damon variegates
This bizarre arachnid is only distantly related to true spiders. Its long whip-like appendages are not true antennae, but instead highly modified front walking legs now used for feeling about in the dark. It can dart crab-like in any direction to attack prey or flee enemies.
Fact file:

Lifespan: More than 10 yrs

Ecological Role: Ambush Predator

Habitat: Caves and deep crevices??

Prey: Crickets, roaches and other small insects

Current Range: Tasmania and Kenya, Africa