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iLabs: Excuse me, what exactly is this one?

July 10, 2012

Out of all the microscope slides in the Natural World Lab, this question is most frequently asked about the pseudoscorpion. (By the way, we LOVE this question.)

Many visitors wonder about this tiny creature. It takes a second glance to see that there is something in the slide.

These tiny creatures are arachnids: 4 pairs of legs, 2 body sections and no antennae. While they look fierce, their pedipalps (pincer claws) are used for good and not evil.  If you count in the picture below, you can tell that they do not count as a pair of legs but are instead a part of the mouth.  Pseudoscorpions are very secretive and rarely seen around the home.  Even though they aren’t seen, they are eating pests such as flies, ants and booklice.

The Microeye view of our pseudoscorpion. Note all the parts that make it an arachnid and its fierce pedipalps.

A visitor spotted our pseudoscorpion hanging out on top of the tree coring log (learn more in a previous blog post).  Please feel free to bring in anything you would like to take a look at under our stereoscopes or new Microeye microscope.  Even if we don’t know what it is at first, we are happy to do a little research and find out!

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  1. July 10, 2012 4:06 pm

    Reblogged this on NC Museum of Natural Sciences Blogs.

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