Punzo, Fred Department of Biology, University of Tampa, Tampa, Florida.
Hoff, C. Clayton Department of Biology, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico.
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An order of nonvenomous, spiderlike, predatory arachnids found chiefly in arid and semiarid, tropical, and warm-temperate regions worldwide. Solifugids can range in size from a few centimeters to almost 3 in. (7.5 cm). Most of the 1100 known species are nocturnal. They are commonly known as sun spiders, camel spiders, or wind scorpions (see illustration). The last name stems from the fact that they exhibit the most rapid sprint speeds for any known group of terrestrial arthropods.
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