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Chelifer cancroides


A cosmopolitan species, often found in homes. They can be phoretic, hitching rides on larger insects to disperse. This one was moderate in size, a little less than 3mm long.


Found on the wall of our outdoor rabbit house.


I'm pretty sure this is a male.

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DanielePralong 11 years ago

Aaron and kyrontf, it was used in a recent blog piece here on Project Noah to illustrate phoresis. I just realize that no message was left at the time. This beautiful series definitely deserves more viewing!

Aaron_G 11 years ago

I'm dropping another note because I think this deserves to be seen in the feed again. :-) Great series, for sure.

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Leuba Ridgway 11 years ago

Great spotting and thanks for the information. They always look a little "incomplete" to me :)

AnoopPBhaskar 11 years ago

Nice pictures again kyrontf!!

kyrontf 11 years ago

Thanks Lori. Luckily this guy was very cooperative. :)

lori.tas 11 years ago

Great photos. I've spotted one, but my photos were nowhere near as good. Well done.

kyrontf 11 years ago

Thanks Karen!

KarenL 11 years ago

Awesome spot!
Welcome to the community kyrontf!

kyrontf 11 years ago

Thanks everyone!

Aaron_G 11 years ago

Excellent find and even better photos!

Lovely !! But I have to admit that there is not an insect that scared me more, they are so fast and always moving the pinchers, I seen many but never taken a picture...any bug but that one! Thanks for sharing.

ForestDragon 11 years ago

Stunning series of an often overlooked creature! Thanks for sharing.

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British Columbia, Canada

Spotted on Dec 6, 2012
Submitted on Jan 11, 2013

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