a field guide to the planet - by Damon Ramsey
The scorpions, whip scorpions, spiders, and harvestmen of tropical Asian jungles...
These delicate creatures are not noticed but are quite common on the floor of the Asian rainforest.
'Harvestmen' (Nature Lodge, Cambodia)
Scorpion (Khao Sok National Park, Thailand).
Cyriopagopus lividus, 'Cobalt/Blue-kneed Tarantula' (Khao Sok National Park, Thailand). Native to Myanmar and Thailand. Not a large tarantula, it usually lives in a burrow. Because of it's unusual colouration, this species is kept in the pet trade.
Gasteracantha sp. 'Spiny-back Spider', 'Spiny Orb-web Weaver' (Singapore). These are small but usually colourful spiders with variously shaped ornate spines. They are not dangerous. The highest diversity of these spiders is in tropical Asia.
Nephila sp. 'Golden Orb-Web Weavers'. The largest spiders seen in a web on the planet. It is the female that is the large spider in the middle of the web; the males are tiny. Distributed throughout the tropics of the world.
Whip Scorpion (Jahoo Gibbon Camp, Cambodia).
Thinking of travelling again after everything settles down? One of the first expeditions I am booked to work on is the NZ sub-Antarctics with Silversea Expeditions and Australia with Coral Expeditions. And here is a shortened version of one of my lectures in a warmer part of the world.