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NEOTROPICAL Tropical & Subtropical Moist Broadleaf Forest

The creepy but diverse spiders and other arachnids of the tropical jungles of South and Central America...

Phylum Arthropoda

Class Arachnida

Order Opiliones: Harvestmen

Distinguished from spiders by having a much more rounded ball-like body, with no constriction or 'waist' between body parts. In contrast to spiders, they have one pair of eyes, rather than eight eyes. They usually have very long thin legs.

(Yarina, Amazon)

Order Scorpiones

(Yarina, Ecuador)

Order Araneae: Spiders

Family Theraphosidae: includes 'Tarantulas'

(Wildsumaco Lodge, Ecuador)

Family Araneidae

(Tandayapa Lodge, Ecuador)

? Probably related to North American Araneus gemmoides'Cat-faced Spider'.

Order Amblypygi: 'Tail-less Whip Scorpions'

Yarina Lodge, Ecuador

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My first trip after the virus is as Expedition leader in Tasmania with Coral Expeditions (March), followed by my role as biologist guest lecturer on the Great Barrier Reef (April) and Expedition Leader in the Kimberley (in May). 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.