Knotty Shining Claw - Lamprochernes nodosus

Description

Length of body 1.8 to 2.2 mm. Pseudoscorpions are small arachnids with a flat, pear-shaped body and pincers that resemble those of scorpions. The pincers in this species are reddish brown, the body being yellow/olive in colour and glossy.

Identification difficulty
Habitat

It occurs in compost and dung heaps and also the rotten wood of dead trees.

When to see it

Peak time is summer.

Life History

Feeds on small larvae, mites and tiny flies.

UK Status

In Britain it is a widely distributed species and is particularly associated with densely populated areas.

VC55 Status

Thought to be fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland but easily overlooked due to its small size.

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map

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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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