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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 9 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 9 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 9 years ago

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

AnoopPBhaskar 9 years ago

Nice pictures again kyrontf!!

kyrontf 9 years ago

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

lori.tas 9 years ago

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

kyrontf 9 years ago

Thanks Karen!

KarenL 9 years ago

Awesome spot!
Welcome to the community kyrontf!

kyrontf 9 years ago

Thanks everyone!

Aaron_G 9 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 9 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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