ALL DOC FACILITIES CLOSED! Limited facilities in Arthur's Pass Village.
COVID-19 RESPONSE: ALL DOC campsites, huts, tracks, great walks, and visitor centres are now closed throughout New Zealand. HUNTING, FISHING, TRAMPING ETC IS NOT PERMITTED! No one is to use campsites or any hut for self-isolation or "lock-down"! Where ever you find yourself NOW (midnight 25th March), is where you MUST live for the NEXT 4 WEEKS+!

Only limited facilities / resources will be available in Arthur's Pass Village after midnight Wednesday 25th March.

Cave Harvestman

Cave Stream (Broken River) Cave is home to a very rare, and possibly endangered Arachnid species...

This INVERTEBRATE inhabits the upper level stream passages of the cave. We ask you to keep your cave exploration to the active stream passage, so this spider has a chance of survival. It is extremely slow moving, inhabits the floor areas, and its body is translucent enough that it cannot be seen readily.
Cave Harvestman
Opiliones (harvestmen) (Daddy Long Legs)
Harvestmen have only one body segment, no venom and no silk production. They eat small invertebrates like collembola and mites. They cannot immobilise their prey with venom, they only hold them in their modified palps.
Sub Order
Hendea Roewer
Under Review
Description : Body : 6mm, overall 40mm, light pigment, modification of tarsal segments on first 2 leg pairs, legs very slender.
Entomology Report : Forster. Rec. Otago Mus. Zoology, 2, 1965. Held Otago University Entomology Dept.
Last recorded sighting : 1963 in high lower entrance profile (dark zone).1997 in upper stream passage (only 2).
Similar occurrence : Punakaiki roadside caves, possible species variation.

Cave Harvestman

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