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AFSRC Picture of the Week, March 13, 2006
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Common pseudoscorpion

AFSRC scientists are studying ecological relationships in Appalachian pastures in order to better understand management impacts on local environments. This photo depicts a common pseudoscorpion, Microbisium parvulum (smaller, lower species) encountering a "new species," the massive (about 800 microns) Apochthonius sp., as yet unnamed.  Dr. Bill Muchmore, a world renowned expert on pseudoscorpions is quite sure this is a new species in the genus.  It was captured by Harry Godwin (Biologist) and Barry Harter (Biological Science Technician) during a soil micro-fauna study being conducted on farmland at Pinecrest Hospital in Raleigh County, West Virginia.

 

Photo by Barry Harter 

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