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INDO-MALAYAN Tropical & Subtropical Moist Broadleaf Forest

The scorpions, whip scorpions, spiders, and harvestmen of tropical Asian jungles...

Class Arachnida

Order Opiliones: 'Harvestmen'

These delicate creatures are not noticed but are quite common on the floor of the Asian rainforest.

(Nature Lodge, Sen Monoron, Cambodia)

Order Scorpiones

Scorpion (Khao Sok National Park, Thailand).

Order Araneae: Spiders

Family Theraphosidae: 'Tarantulas'

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.

Family Araneidae

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.

Family Sparassidae: 'Huntsman Spiders'

Possible Pandercetes gracilis, 'Lichen Spider'. Found in rainforest in North-east Australia, New Guinea, Muluka Islands, and Sulawesi. Although not recorded in the Philippines, this photograph looks like a Lichen Spider. 

Order Thelyphonida: 'Whip Scorpions'

Whip Scorpion (Jahoo Gibbon Camp, Cambodia).

For the page on the Asian tropical rainforest

My first trip after the virus is as Expedition leader in Tasmania with Coral Expeditions, followed by my role as biologist guest lecturer on the Great Barrier Reef. If you can't go travelling until everything settles down, then until then, here I am doing online guided walks for Noble Caledonia and online lectures for Silversea.