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Book Scorpion
Posted by: Nuliajuk (
Date: May 12, 2014 02:29PM

Hello from the Canadian Prairies!
I've just joined because I wanted to share a creature that I've only recently learned the existence of: a book scorpion.
Also known as the pseudoscorpion, or false scorpion.


"The book scorpion, (Chelifer cancroides), 4 mm long, occurs in houses and libraries. It feeds on book lice, carpet beetle larvae, clothes moths, and bedbugs."

A pretty useful arachnid to have around the house, no? I can just imagine it in the Great Library, a tiny predator roaming from story to story looking for prey.
One thing the Britannica site got wrong is that they don't just exist in warmer climates. There are three related species living as far north as the Yukon and northern Quebec. (Syarinus obscurus, Wyochernes arcticus, and M. Brunneum)

One scientist believes they could protect beehives from parasitic mites:

Re: Book Scorpion
Posted by: SkidMarks (
Date: May 13, 2014 11:44AM

Hi Nuliajuk.

Enjoy your time here. It is relatively quiet at the moment, but will probably pick up soon.

In the meantime, help yourself to pies, sweet to the left, marked with an "S" and savoury to the right, also marked with an "S". Any suspicious ones will be marked so that you can avoid them.

Re: Book Scorpion
Posted by: Nuliajuk (
Date: May 13, 2014 04:18PM

Thanks! Would that be my left, or yours...

Re: Book Scorpion
Posted by: SkidMarks (
Date: May 14, 2014 12:55PM


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Re: Book Scorpion
Posted by: SkidMarks (
Date: May 30, 2014 09:38AM

Any news on the scorpion hunt?

Re: Book Scorpion
Posted by: OB (
Date: June 03, 2014 09:15AM

I've just come back from the south of France. The weather there was "scorpio"

Re: Book Scorpion
Posted by: bunyip (101.103.82.---)
Date: June 18, 2014 04:04AM

Welcome Nuliajuk,

I'll trade you two redbacks and a trapdoor spider for a couple of your scorpions.

Do they eat flies? If so, I will order a few dozen more.

But will they survive crossing the International Date Line backwards?

Re: Book Scorpion
Posted by: Nuliajuk (
Date: September 17, 2014 06:05PM

They're tiny little things, so they probably wouldn't catch normal size flies. More useful for indoor pests like flour beetles... and perhaps adjectivores?

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