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False scorpion


Very small, about 6 mm.long body, pincer-like pedipalps.


Found it on harvesting potato for seedling.


Chelifer or other pseudoscorpion, couldn't confirm, pls help.

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Microbisium parvulum Explainer: what is a pseudoscorpion?

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2 Comments a month ago

Thank you so much, pramod.mitikiri., from the info most possibility of you suggested

pramod.mitikiri a month ago

I agree with you that the insect you found was a type of pseudoscorpion: an insect that looks like a scorpion but isn't.

It could possible be Chelifer cancroides, but the insect in the picture has a slimmer body than that of a normal Chelifer cancroides. I would argue that from this chart (linked below), I would say rather it being close to (f), it is closer to (d), given the insect's small size, and so I think its Microbisium parvulum.
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Bosabehari Gaon, Assam, India

Spotted on Nov 10, 2021
Submitted on Nov 26, 2021

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