02 Jul '14, 12pm

12 animals named after entirely different animals

12 animals named after entirely different animals

Camel spiders go by many names, including wind scorpions, sun spiders, red romans, beard cutters, and solifuges. There are more than 1,000 species, and while they have a body similar in shape to a spider and are in the class Arachnida, they aren’t actually spiders. Nor are they scorpions for that matter. Looking sort of like a spider at least explains part of one of their common names. The other part stems from a myth that they feast on camel stomachs. The myth probably started because this species seeks out shade, including shade made by camels — and by people. But if you don’t want a camel spider resting in your shadow, don’t bother running away. It’ll chase your shadow and can run as fast as 10 miles per hour. Sorry for the nightmares you’ll have after reading that…

Full article: http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animals/stories/12-anima...

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