Pseudoscorpions (Pseudoscorpiones)

Pseudoscorpions, or "false scorpions", are very small, a fraction of an inch long, and resemble scorpions without the tail and stinger. Like scorpions, they have claw-like pedipalps which they use to catch prey, but the pincers of pseudoscorpions also contain poison to paralyze their prey. They eat small arthropods such as mites, lice, and larvae. Pseudoscorpions are found in forests under rocks and leaf litter, and other dark places, as well as in the nests of some animals.

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