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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