Pseudoscorpion

We found this awesome little spider on our bathroom wall tonight. It was only around 1–2 mm long and a rich brown colour. We thought it was a large tick at first (urgh), but soon noticed its large scorpion-like pincers. Sure enough, it turned out to be a pseudoscorpion or false scorpion, an ancient arachnid that dates back to the Devonian. I’ve never noticed one before, but apparently they are very common and super useful to have around the home.

According to Wikipedia, pseudoscorpions often carry out phoresy, where they hitch a ride on another animal.

Who knew these guys were living amongst us?!

Here it is on our bathroom wall:

pseudoscorpion

 

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s