16 Dec 2022

Critter of the Week: Harvestman Arachnid

From the collecton Critter of the Week

This week's critter is the glow-worm hunter harvestman, Forsteropsalis photophaga.

These gangly, crab-clawed arachnids live in the Waitomo Caves and subsist exclusively on a diet of glow-worms.

Male glow-worm hunters use their huge, exaggerated pincers to wrestle for the chance to mate with females.

Harvestman arachnid

Harvestman arachnid Photo: supplied