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Pale Windscorpion - (Eremobates pallipes)

Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 7/18/2014

The Pale Windscorpion has a diet that is as diverse as its range.

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Windscorpions are not scorpions though they share similar physical features. Where scorpions have two body segments (head and body), Windscorpions have three segments including a narrowing at the 'waist'. They do not have tails. They typically hide in burrows during the day and come out at night.

The Pale Windscorpion prefers to live a solitary life and hunt alone. They run in a zig-zag pattern, scouring the ground for prey. They are known to hunt other arachnids as well as insects. They have even killed and consumed smalls vertebrates like lizards. They cut up their prey with their large pincers (chelicerae) which almost look like fangs.

They are native to dry, arid regions (deserts), but have adapted to a more diverse climate and habitat.

Males are smaller than females, but have longer legs. Males are extremely fast and move 'like the wind' (hence their name). Windscorpions look more dangerous than they really are. They do not produce venom and only bite if handled carelessly.

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Category: Windscorpion
Common name: Pale Windscorpion
Scientific Name: Eremobates pallipes

  Kingdom: Animalia
   Phylum: Arthropoda
    Class: Chelicerata
     Order: Solifugae
      Family: Eremobatidae
       Genus: Eremobates
        Species: pallipes

Adult Size (Length): 22mm to 32mm (0.87in to 1.26in) COMPARE

Identifying Colors: brown; yellow

General Description: pincers, scorpion, arachnid, harmless, ten legs, jaws

North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Arizona; California; Colorado; Nevada; New Mexico; Texas; Utah; Mexico

* Keep in mind that insect reach is not governed by lines on a map and therefore may appear in areas/regions/states beyond those listed above.

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