Southern Reptile Tick
Perspective; lower leg join
|Class:||Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Spiders, Scorpions, Mites & Ticks (Arachnida)|
|Species:||Harvestmen (Opiliones sp)|
|Other names:||Daddy-long-legs, Daddy Long Legs, Daddy Longlegs & Daddy Long-legs|
General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA), and elsewhere
We can't find enough information to get down to even Family level, let alone species.
The Daddy-long-legs name is miss-leading as we also have Daddy-long-legs spiders, which look very similar, but are quite different.
The visible difference between spiders & harvestmen is that harvestmen appear to have one single whole body. Spiders have an obvious distinction between the back (abdomen) & front (thorax). Harvestmen have no spinerets nor venom, but these differences are not visible.
The species we have at Ellura looks like it has 12 legs! But it has 8 legs, like a spider, and 2 pairs of mouth parts. Two very long ones look like knees out the front, then two smaller helper feeders to their side. The long ones are pointed, while the side ones are rounded & hairy.