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Tailless whip scorpions - 1st for TN

Tailless whip scorpions - 1st for TN
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Copyright: George Veltchev (mwmod99) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 655 N: 3361] (14196)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-11-09
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 5D MKII, Sigma 70mm Macro
Exposure: f/8, 1/200 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Fauna of ETHIOPIAN (Africa) Region [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-11-10 9:34
Viewed: 6548
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Tailless whip scorpions (often called whip spiders), are scientifically referred to as amblypigids because they belong to the order Amblypigi. They have been given the name tailless whip scorpions because of their lack of a tail (telson). In fact, “amblypigid” means “blunt rump”.
Amblypygids are unique in that they have six walking legs, whereas other arachnids have eight. The reason for this is that amblypygids' first “ancestral" walking legs have been modified into sensory organs. These long sensory “feelers” can be twice the length of the body and are used to probe the environment. Because amblypygids are active in environments where there is very little light, these modified “legs” are extremely important to them for sensing their surroundings.

Another distinguishing feature of amblypygids is their pincer-like pedipalps. These structures act like the “claws” of the preying mantis or the mantid shrimp. Amblypygids use them to grasp prey, which are then brought into the body to be sliced by their shearing mouthparts (called chelicerae).

The image was taken at night with flash light, RAW format, ISO200 aperture priority and evaluative metering system.

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-11-10 9:37]

Hi George,
Congratulations for this first Time photo on TN of this species!
Splendid photo, great sharpness and very good, fine details, TFS!

hello George
this is really great findings of member of Amblypigi from South Africa. congratulations on this new species. I am happy to see such a new one on TN.
you greatly captured its sharp detailed shot. diagonal composition and light using great. also great color balance and presentation with gentle frame and good informative notes. thanks for sharing, best wishes MF
PS: sorry for pts. Early morning there was a problem on TN and it doesnt give to me using points. it is interesting, but everything like yesterday's. I finished all of them yesterday.

another first time on T.N. from our friend George....the macro of this spider, which, as you write in the notes, has gathered features specific to other animals, is once again performed very well, with excellent view of the peculiarities' .. .. but i ask you ..is really so flattened?

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-11-10 11:42]

Hello George
Excellent work! amazing composition.
thanks for sharing

Ciao George. Great shot! Best compliments for the new entry. Estreme details and sharp with perfect DOF. Amazing natural colours.
Impossibile to post from Italy today...... Soon.


Hola George

Vaya pedazo de monstruo, esta araña escorpion. bella imagen de colores estupendos, buen mimetismo por parte de esta araña con su entorno. Un buen POV y perfecta nitidez.

Un saludo de Antonio

Hi George,
thank you for 1st for TN,
great capture, colours, sharpness.
Vey interesting for me are similarities in colours between whip spider and a stone.

Another excellent capture from you in pleasing square format George, your perfect vantage point ensured a sharply exposed image, which also demonstrates the camouflage capabilities of this ancient arachnid to a perfection. Thanks for this fine view my fiend.

Hello George,

this are an great image from this scorpion.
A pity there are a little piece cut of.
What an nice meeting from this scorpion, I have never been these specie before.
Good of sharpness and fine colours.


amazing creature, amazing camouflage, TFS Ori

Hello George, very beautiful imagine , details, light and sharpness fantastic, interesting and disturbing subject. A nice picture. Regards, Paolo

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-11-11 7:57]

Hello George,
What a wonderful insect. Congratulations on this novelty. Great sharpness, details and very beautiful matching colours. Excellent diagonal composition.

Ciao George, an other fantastic skorpion from you, splendid details and excellent sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello George,
Fantastic capture with superb details and exceptional colours.
Nice details and excellent composition.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-11-11 10:51]

Hello George,
Wonderful shot of this Tailless whip scorpions . Very neat and sharp image with good use of flash lighting.You have captured it with fine details, excellent POV and composition. Best regards Siggi

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2010-11-11 13:39]

Hi George

Your last two macros are really fantastic and definitely something that the TN community has been lacking in quite a while.
This Tailless whip scorpions is truly magnificent as an animal and captured so well as you managed here, it fascinates every used, i think.
I like the upper POV you chose here as it allowed you to comprise the entire animal in almost the same focal plane in order to get it as sharp as possible. That also worked very well in conjunction with the flash and the overall result is a very details, crisp shot that presents the unique features of this create impeccably well (even more praise-worthy if we consider it was taken at night).

BRAVO and Thanks for sharing this beauty (as i actually consider it that!)

Hi George.
Congratulations again by having continuous first on TN. An amazing feat just to find the specie but to capture them in perfection and share with us is another task well done. Nice diagonal placement of the scorpion in the frame and well captured indeed.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-11-13 5:18]

Hello George,
now youre going into spider specialist. This spider is so amazing. with the combination from a scorpion it looks very dangerous and very unique.
you have presented it so well with excellent details and wonderful features.
How the shines and background harmoniously render a good view.
Very unique creature and undoubtedly you have shown it very well.
i guess it would be quite difficult to spot when it is in its real surrounding, must be a good camouflaging I think.


Hello George friend,
Holy heavens! ... It is a 1st in TN, but also the most horrible thing of TN! ... What a strange creature, it seems the abortion of an alien! The square cut is perfect for this, And also the diagonal placement is very good. Undoubtedly horrible, but certainly well photographed!.
Have a good weekend, TFS, Regards, Jesús

Hello George
I never knew about these types of scorpions...without a tail I always thought of Scorpions as those creatures related to spiders and have tails containing deadly venom. About the picture..awesome good sharpness, great colors, good composition, almost camouflage like (if it wasn't for those black claws )
Thanks For Sharing and have a wonderful evening.
Regards Hedesan

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