According to behavioral neuroscientist Verner Bingman, “You can only describe the tropical whip spider as evolution’s perfect design for an arthropod killing machine.” Ok Verner, you have my interest.
Despite falling in the arthropod phylum, Whip Spiders are not actually spiders at all. Two of their eight legs evolved into antenniform legs. This pair of terrifying appendages can extend up to two feet in length and whip around, hence the name.
The Whip Spider also has pedipalps, which Bingman describes as being like “pliers with sharp teeth. They’re these kind-of serrated blades that the whip spiders use to clasp and crush its prey. They have remarkable weaponry for killing.”