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Phalangiidae Mitopus sp.


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Order: Opiliones (Harvestmen)

Suborder: Palpatores (Daddy Long Legs)

Family: Phalangiidae

Genus: Mitopus



Description:
The head and body segments are connected and appear to be a single segment. The legs area long, with the last segment being very flexible. Our example is 4 mm long. It is light brown with a wavy black band running down the abdomen. In the black band are several white spots.

Behavior:
Unlike spiders, Harvestmen are omnivorous. Instead of poison glands, the have stink glands for predator avoidance. Most are diurnal.



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