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Planet Earth

Look At This: Foot-long Daddy Longlegs Found In Laotian Cave

80beatsBy Ashley P. TaylorOctober 19, 2012 8:24 PM

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Dr. Peter Jäger, an arachnologist from the Senckenberg Research Institute in Frankfurt, was just taking a break from a TV shoot in a cave in Laos---like you do---when he came across this gigantic harvestman, or daddy longlegs. A pair of its legs spans 33 cm, over a foot, from end to end, making it one of the largest-known members of its order, the opiliones

. Don't take this the wrong way, arachnophobes, but it missed the record for longest-legged daddy longlegs by a centimeter. That distinction went to a harvestman from South America, whose legs spanned 34 cm.

Harvestman photo via Senckenberg Research Institute

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