Chthonius tenuis, Dark-clawed Chthonid

Chthonius tenuis, Dark-clawed Chthonid
The glossy species has pedipalps, chelicerae and cephalothorax that are often dark, olive-green (smoky), which makes this species fairly easy to identify in the field; the legs are paler and pinkish in colour; length of body: 1.5–2.3 mm.
Distribution
Europe: S. from France, Corsica to Sardinia; E. to Bulgaria. In Britain this species is widespread in the south of England and Wales, south of a line from Aberystwyth to Lowestoft. Where it occurs C tenuis is locally abundant and can be found amongst dead leaves and humus, under stones and appears to have some preference towards well-drained habitats on chalk, sands and sandstone.
For further information see Mark Harvey, Pseudoscorpions of the World.

Chthonius tenuis

Chthonius tenuis – note dark palps characteristic of this species.

Chthonius tenuis

Chthonius tenuis, wet preserved specimen.

 

 

UK & Ireland Distribution Map
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