Giant Vinegaroon (Mastigoproctus giganteus)

In keeping with the interests of recent guests, the LSU arthropod museum, blogging from the bootheel presents a giant vinegaroon (Mastigoproctus giganteus).  Also known as a whiptail scorpion these archnids are not closely related to scorpions but merely resemble a scorpion.  They do not have stingers and are non-venomous but will spray acetic acid (smells like vinegar) when disturbed or threatened.  A carnivorous insect, they may reach several inches in size.  This particular specimen was found on the road in Cave Creek Canyon.

Giant Vinegaroon in Cave Creek Canyon, Chiricahua Mountains

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