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NH2004: Large Solifugid Galeodes arabs (C.L.Koch) on stony desert surface near the Sarbaz River, Baluchistan.There 900 known species of solifugids world-wide, of which Southern Africa is richly endowed with 6 families and a total of 240 species. Solifugids do not have venom or silk glands. They appear to have ten legs, but upon closer inspection the first pair of legs are not legs at all but pedipalps. The pedipalps have a sensory function, aid in feeding and have suckers at their tips to enable them to climb smooth surfaces such as glass. Their head has a very characteristic shape with powerful jaws or chelicerae with which they seize and chew their prey.
   
 
   
   
     
 

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