Tiny creature with scorpion-like claws (fortunately no sting) and striped abdomen. Can anyone identify the species or family?
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Thank you for your suggestion. I assume that by "chelicerae" you mean the claw-like appendages.
I am sorry that this was found in leaf litter rather than under a cowpat.
The claw-like appendages are known as the palp and pedipalps, not as the chelicerae. The chelicerae refers to the first pair of appendages on the prosoma of arachnida. I'm sorry to be technical, but the names of the appendages are technical to ensure that people don't look at the wrong thing.....if you do look at the wrong thing, you tend to end up looking in the cow pat!
Thank you for the explanation, but to make sure that I have really understood (or if I am still floundering): in layman's terms they are the pointed appendages that can be seem between the two claws.
They are the (apparently) pointed appendages at the front of the head (cephalothorax). In detail they appear as a pair of claws with one moveable arm each.
If your local library can get it I can recommend Synopses of the British Fauna (New Series) No. 40 Pseudoscorpions by Gerald Legg and Richards E. Jones.
Looks like N. carcinoides.
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Lat/Lng: 52.4, -2.3
OS grid ref: SO8382