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A pseudoscorpion (Neobisium maritimum)

Distribution data supplied by the Ocean Biogeographic Information System (OBIS). To interrogate UK data visit the NBN Atlas.

Summary

Description

Neobisium maritimum is approximately 3.2 mm long and is similar in appearance to a tiny tail-less scorpion. It has two-pairs of eyes positioned at the front of the cephalothorax.

Recorded distribution in Britain and Ireland

South and west coasts only. There are scattered records of the species in south west Cornwall, south west Wales, the Isle of Man, the Isle of Wight, Anglesey and the coasts of Ireland.

Global distribution

In Europe, Neobisium maritimum has been recorded on the Atlantic coasts of Ireland, England and western France.

Habitat

Neobisium maritimum is found in rock crevices and under stones from the top of the upper shore to the splash zone,

Depth range

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Identifying features

  • Cephalothorax with four eyes.
  • Galea a low or rounded tubercle.
  • Male genital armature consisting of a simple ring-like lateral apodema frame with no additional processes.
  • Lateral genital sacs weakly to moderately developed.
  • Female genitalia without spermathecal pockets.

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Bibliography

  1. Hayward, P.J. & Ryland, J.S. (ed.) 1995b. Handbook of the marine fauna of North-West Europe. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

  2. Hayward, P.J. & Ryland, J.S. 1990. The marine fauna of the British Isles and north-west Europe. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

  3. Legg, G. & Jones, R. E. 1988. Pseudoscorpions. Avon: The Bath Press. [Synopses of the British Fauna No. 40.]

Citation

This review can be cited as:

Mayhew, E.M. 2008. Neobisium maritimum A pseudoscorpion. In Tyler-Walters H. and Hiscock K. (eds) Marine Life Information Network: Biology and Sensitivity Key Information Reviews, [on-line]. Plymouth: Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. Available from: http://www.marlin.ac.uk/species/detail/1894

Last Updated: 17/04/2008