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Harvestman (L rotundum)

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The most common species of harvestman seen in late summer in sunny hedgerows and scrub.


 

Leiobunum rotundum: a harvestman

Post date: Friday, 23 December, 2016 - 21:07

Nature is a wonderful thing (if you can call all of nature a 'thing'). The body of this harvestman (Leiobunum rotundum) is barely 3mm long from tip to tail and yet the legs are seven or eight times longer! How can a small body like that maneuver eight long legs and keep them synchronized? Not only that, if you disturb one, you will see just how quickly it gets its act together and gets mobile! That small round single body contains not only its vital organs, but also some sort of brain and enough muscles to move eight long legs. Incredible!

These are insect feeders but they do not spin webs to catch their prey. They use speed and surprise - all coordinated through that tiny little control centre in the middle which also houses some pretty strong 'fangs' and a mouth capable of consuming insects larger than itself.

Isn't nature amazing?


 

The records for this species have been organised into reports, charts, maps and photos. Click a pic below to see the detail:

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Common Name Harvestman (L rotundum)
Scientific Name Leiobunum rotundum
Interest Level
3
Species Family Harvestmen
Preferred Environment
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Additional Identification Notes
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