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Harvestmen (Phalangium opilio)

Kingdom: Animalia
Class:  Arachnida
Subfamily:  Megalopsalidinae 
Order: Opiliones: Monoscutidae)
Genus: Pantopsalis
Sub Species: Palpatores
Species:  Phalangium opilio

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The photos below are of the common European species Phalangium opilio, which is established in New Zealand. It has two simple eyes on a raised eye mound. They have nippers with which they can grasp insects.





Head of Phalangium opilio



A large adult with an overall measurement  (including legs) 7cm

Juvenile