Chelifer cancroides, House Chelifer
The cephalothorax is dark red to olive-brown, the opisthosomal tergites pale brown, olive-green with dark spots and the pedipalps reddish to tawny brown, tinged with olive; length of body: 2.6–4.5 mm.
Throughout most of Europe. It is doubtful whether this is an indigenous species in Britain, but has been established here for a long time, records coming from around London, the south-east, Manchester, Liverpool, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, Aberdeen and Carlisle. Chelifer cancroides usually synanthropic being found in stables, barns, grain-stores, flour-mills, factories and houses. In 1981/82 specimens of Larca lata found in nest material within rotting oaks in Windsor Great Park were misidentified as Chelifer cancroides.
For further information see Mark Harvey, Pseudoscorpions of the World.
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