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

(Khao Sok National Park, Thailand)


Order Araneae: Spiders

Family Theraphosidae: 'Tarantulas'

(Khao Sok National Park, Thailand)

Cyriopagopus lividus, 'Cobalt/Blue-kneed Tarantula'.  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'. 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'

(Jahoo Gibbon Camp, Cambodia)

Whip Scorpion.

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