Dendrochernes cyrneus, Large Tree-chernes

Dendrochernes cyrneus, Large Tree-chernes
The cephalothorax and opisthosomal tergites are dark red olive-brown; the pedipalps deep red-brown with almost black hands; legs yellow; length of body: 3.5– 4.2 mm.
Distribution
Throughout most of Europe, but rare: England, France, Germany, over to Bulgaria, Hungary, Austria, Albania, Italy and Corsica. In Britain it has a restricted distribution, generally being associated with ancient woodlands, e.g. Burnham Beeches, Windsor Park, St. Jame’s Park and Sherwood Forest. This is one of our rarest and most spectacular species. Dendrochernes cyrneus is associated with dead and over-mature trees where it occurs beneath dry bark and within dry decaying wood sometimes in association with Chernes cimicoides. It appears to prefer timber heated by the sun and shuns shaded sides of branches and tree trunks. ‘Maiden oaks’ with dead or dying branches can support this species. Oak is the favoured timber, but elm and beech have yielded specimens.
For further information see Mark Harvey, Pseudoscorpions of the World.

Dendrochernes cyrneus

Dendrochernes cyrneus from ancient oak, Sherwood Forest, UK.

 

UK & Ireland Distribution Map
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