SPIDER DOG: Scientist takes astonishing photo of terrifying arachnid in Amazon jungle

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SPIDER DOG: Scientist takes astonishing photo of terrifying arachnid in Amazon jungle

The tiny creature has eight spindly legs like a spider but is part of the harvestman species - the same family as the docile daddy long legs. But pictures of the unusual critter have sparked a fierce debate on social media over whether its strange appearance is cute or creepy - and whether the top half of its body resembles a rabbit or a dog. Images of the arachnid - which is commonly known as the Bunny Harvestman - have gone viral after science writer Ferris Jabr tweeted a picture originally snapped by photographer Andreas Kay in 2017.

Some Twitter users say the black top of the critter’s body looks like a wolf head, with two white spots at the front making up the nostrils and the yellow spots conveniently placed to resemble glowing eyes.

Others have pointed to the usual cones protruding from the rear of the body as evidence the creature looks more like a bunny.

In response to the picture, Jarad Dubois posted: “Most frightening thing I've seen in many a Halloween goes to…”

A user with the handle Cara said: “Who on this earth looked at that monstrosity and called it the ‘Bunny Harvestman’?”

But others were less scared by the creature’s unusual appearance.

A user named Emmy said: “That is actually kind of adorable!”

Describing his find in a blog post alongside footage of the creature last year, Mr Kay said: “Watching this bizarre looking ‘Bunny Harvestman’ one cannot help but wonder if a mad scientist has grafted a rabbit's head onto an octet of spindly spider legs. Hilarious!

“Surprisingly, the members of the arachnid class are not classified as spiders even though they have eight legs.

“Footage shows that this curious creature has a dark body with a pair of eye spots situated on its back midway between its true eyes and the awkward

‘bunny ears’ rise above from the edge of its abdomen. Crazy!”

The photographer also theorised about the use for the strange bumps.

He said: “Maybe the eye spots and ear-like protuberances are meant to fool predators into thinking the creature is larger than it really is.”

The strange type of harvestman was first described by German arachnid specialist Carl Friedrich Roewer in 1959.

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