Harvestmen (Opiliones)

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Opiliones are not spiders, though they look like them. They do not spin silk, they have have no fangs or poison glands, and their bodies are roundish, rather than having the "waist" that spiders have between the head and thorax. Opiliones have very long legs in comparison to their bodies. They live in moist forests and eat other invertebrates, fungi, and decaying plants. They are called "harvestmen" because they were most often seen in the Autumn during harvest time. They are sometimes called "daddy longlegs" but this is also a name given to a type of spider.


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