Amblypygids are bizarre-looking arachnids commonly known as whip spiders. There are currently around 140 described species.

Whip spiders possess:

  • highly flattened bodies
  • robust pedipalps for seizing prey
  • a pair of long and thin sensory front legs, much like a whip
About the name

The name Amblypygi means 'blunt rump' and refers to their lack of a flagellum (tail-like structure) on their abdomen, hence the other common name - ‘tail-less whip scorpion’. 


Pedipalp (palps)
A pair of appendages found near the mouth of Arachnids. Often resembling legs, they may be used for locomotion, sensing, feeding and mating.