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Pseudoscorpion by melvynyeo Pseudoscorpion by melvynyeo
Taken in Malaysia forest at night.

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A pseudoscorpion, (also known as a false scorpion or book scorpion), is an arachnid belonging to the order Pseudoscorpionida, also known as Pseudoscorpiones or Chelonethida.

Pseudoscorpions are generally beneficial to humans since they prey on clothes moth larvae, carpet beetle larvae, booklice, ants, mites, and small flies. They are small and inoffensive, and are rarely seen due to their size.

Pseudoscorpions are small arachnids with a flat, pear-shaped body and pincers that resemble those of scorpions. They usually range from 2 to 8 millimetres (0.08 to 0.31 in) in length. The largest known species is Garypus titanius of Ascension Island at up to 12 mm (0.5 in).

A pseudoscorpion has eight legs with five to seven segments; the number of fused segments is used to distinguish families and genera. They have two very long pedipalps with palpal chelae (pincers) which strongly resemble the pincers found on a scorpion.

The pedipalps generally consist of an immobile "hand" and "finger", with a separate movable finger controlled by an adductor muscle. A venom gland and duct are usually located in the mobile finger; the venom is used to capture and immobilize the pseudoscorpion's prey. During digestion, pseudoscorpions pour a mildly corrosive fluid over the prey, then ingest the liquefied remains.

Pseudoscorpions spin silk from a gland in their jaws to make disk-shaped cocoons for mating, molting, or waiting out cold weather. However, they do not have book lungs as most of their closest relatives, the spiders, do. They breathe through spiracles, a trait they share with the insects.
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Digimortal88 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
WHYYYYYY?!?!? *screaming at god*
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XoPachi Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013
"Screw you! I'm a scorpion!"
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SiLink Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
It almost looks like some sort of chimera made of various insect parts :P Amazing
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BIOHAZARD-89 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is remarkable. I added a photo of a similar creature on my other account yesterday.
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