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Arachnid ID??

Discussion in 'True Spiders & Other Arachnids' started by Owen88, Jun 10, 2018.

  1. Owen88

    Owen88 Arachnopeon

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    So last year my wife found one of these dead in the bathroom. But now just today I found a live one and I have absolutely no idea what in the world it is! I live in Southern British Columbia in Canada if that helps at all.

    Its very small. This specimen is only about 4-5mm or just under 1/8 in.

    It has 8 legs and 2 pincers, like a scorpion...but no tail or anything like that.


    Thanks!
     
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  2. chanda

    chanda Arachnoprince Active Member

    That is a Pseudoscorpion! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pseudoscorpion

    Pseudoscorpiones are a separate order of arachnids. Unlike true scorpions, they do not have a tail with a venomous stinger. The venom in a pseudoscorpion is in its claws - which are far too small to envenomate a person. It is used to help them catch and immobilize tiny bugs to eat.
     
  3. Owen88

    Owen88 Arachnopeon

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    Wow! Never even knew the existed. I’m glad I let him go in my flowerbed. Hope he will be ok. At least I know now what they are.

    Thanks!
     
  4. Smokehound714

    Smokehound714 Arachnoking Active Member

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    Chelifer cancroides- House pseudoscorpion, commonly called book scorpions.
    this genus is pretty neat they spin a little hut while brooding