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pseudoscorpion

[soo-doh-skawr-pee-uh n] /ˌsu doʊˈskɔr pi ən/
noun
1.
any of several small arachnids of the order Chelonethida that resemble a tailless scorpion and that feed chiefly on small insects.
Also called book scorpion.
Origin
1825-1835
1825-35; < Neo-Latin Pseudoscorpionidae former name of the group; see pseudo-, scorpion
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Encyclopedia Article for pseudoscorpion

false scorpion

any of the 1,700 species of the order Pseudoscorpiones (sometimes Chelonethida) of the arthropod class Arachnida. They resemble true scorpions but are tailless and only 1 to 7.5 millimetres (0.04 to 0.3 inch) long. The chelicerae (first pair of appendages) bear silk-gland openings, and the pedipalps (second pair of appendages) are venomous pincers. In courtship the male may show protrusible structures ("ram's horns") on the belly.

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