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.
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.
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.
Whip Scorpion (Jahoo Gibbon Camp, Cambodia).
Thinking of travelling again after everything settles down? The first expedition I am booked to work on after the virus is Micronesia, New Guinea & Indonesia in 2021 with Silversea. Meanwhile I am giving a lecture on the Sunshine Coast (Australia) on the "Sounds of suburban south-east Queensland".