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Temporal range: Upper Carboniferous – Recent
Damon diadema
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Arachnida
Order: Amblypygi
Thorell, 1883

Amblypygi is an order of Arachnids also known as whip spiders or tailless whip scorpions.[1] The name 'amblypygid' means "blunt rump", a reference to a lack of the telson (tail). They are harmless to humans.

The Amblypygs are in the subphylum Chelicerata of the phylum Arthropoda. The order has 5 families, 17 genera and about 155 species. They are found in tropical and subtropical regions worldwide. Some species are subterranean; many are nocturnal. During the day, they may hide under logs, bark, stones, or leaves. They prefer a humid environment.

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  1. not to be confused with whip scorpions that belong to the arachnid order Thelyphonida