Minnesota Arachnids

     
 
Order Arachnida
 
 

Arachnida (arachnids) is a class of the kingdom Animalia (animals). Arachnids are distinguished by having

  • two body sections, the cephalothorax (head and body fused together) and the abdomen
  • jointed appendages
  • eight legs (In some species the front legs have been converted into sensory organs. Some species have different appendages that are large and have the appearance of legs.)
  • pointed fang-like or pincer-like mouthparts (chelicerae)
  • finger-like sensory mouthparts (pedipalps)
  • no wings
  • no antennae

 

There are more than 100,000 described arachnid species worldwide. The class includes spiders, scorpions, ticks, mites, pseudoscorpions, harvestmen, camel spiders, whip spiders, vinegaroons, and others.

 

banded argiope

 

 

         
         
   

Harvestmen (Opiliones)

 
         
   

Mites and Ticks (Acari)

 
         
   

Spiders (Araneae)

 
         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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