Giant centipede & related arthropods.
While tutoring in Normandy, Cuvier met a man named Henri Alexandre Tessier - a physician and well-known agronomist who’d fled the Terror in Paris. When he introduced Tessier to his colleagues in Paris, he said “I have just found a pearl in the dungheap of Normandy!”
“New Species of Exotic Spiders” - Spiders and Spider Anatomy
I don’t know the species of these spiders, but I love the weird back-hook thing on the lowest species on this plate. Anyone know what these guys are? Would love to know!
Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London. 1899.
Dictionnaire Pittoresque d’Histoire Naturelle et des Phenomenes de la Nature. F. E. Guerin, 1833.
i really like arachnids
The Giant Spider Crab of Japan [Macrocheira kaempferi]
This is a big ol’ crab.
Bigger than any other arthropod. Some can be 3.8m (12 ft) from claw to claw.
They’re really, really big.
That is all.
Scenes From Every Land. National Geographic Society. Edited by Gilbert H. Grosvenor, 1907.
Rock Scorpion - Hadogenes troglodytes
This scorpion has the longest recorded body length of all known scorpions. It hasn’t been extensively researched, but is known to cause more inflammation than pain at sting sites, and there have been no known fatalities from it. It lives in Southern Africa.
Popular Science Monthly: Volume 51. 1897.
1897 rock scorpion popular science monthly volume 51
Pearly Nautilus with the Shell Laid Open
Those chambers in the shell are the old “homes” of the nautilus. As the nautilus grows bigger, it expands its shell outward, and forms a septum behind itself as it moves forward.
The Animal Kingdom Arranged According to its Organization. Baron Cuvier, 1831.
Phrynus medius and Phrynus variegatus (now Damon medius and Damon variegatus)
Both of these species come back as “Tanzanian Giant Tailless Whip Scorpion”, so I’m unsure if I’m missing something or if they’re subspecies, or what. But they’re cool creatures! The larger among them sometimes troll around caves and eat baby bats that have fallen or are not well-defended by their parents. Most of the time they eat other insects, though. They’re non-venomous and no threat to humans.
Oh, and they scuttle! They walk sideways like an insectoid crab!
Die Arachniden. Dr. Carl Wilhelm Hahn, 1831.
Just Beardin’ it around town
friend of mine, Alex. we are very beardly together