Neobisium carpenteri, Carpenter’s Neobisiid
The cephalothorax and opisthosomal tergites are deep olive, the former tinged with red; pedipalps reddish-yellow, partly tinged olive; length of body: 3.3 mm.
This species has not yet been recorded outside Britain. It has been found only at Glengariff in 1909-1910 (under the bark of flaking Arbutus trees) and also in 1971 (on a cliff top in Sphagnum moss) and in 1982 in leaf litter; and Colne Point, in Essex in 1950 and later (in salt marsh debris and litter amongst the shingle). In 1984-5 specimens resembling N. carpenteri have been found in a quarry in S. Wales, but these do not have such a high rounded galea as the Irish and Essex specimens. In 2017 Subsequent specimens have been found in Wales and these, together with the previous, have been attributed to Neobisium simile (L. Koch, 1873) (Mark G. Telfer et. al. 2020 in press). It was found in a quarry and is thought to have been ‘probably introduced from the Pyrenees or south-western France, possibly with imports of raw materials for the steel industry‘.Thus the apparent odd distribution of N. carpenteri proved that there was more than one species involved. What else could be awaiting to be discovered?
For further information see Mark Harvey, Pseudoscorpions of the World.
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