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Pale Windscorpion (Eremobates pallipes)


Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Pale Windscorpion



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The Pale Windscorpion looks like a cross between a spider and a scorpion, but lacks the most dangerous parts of both.



Updated: 07/07/2021; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
Windscorpions are not scorpions even though they share similar physical features. Where scorpions have two body segments (head and body), Windscorpions have three body segments including a narrowing at the 'waist'. They do not have tails which means they do not have stingers. What seems like a fifth pair of legs are actually pedipalps. Pedipalps are used to hold down prey while the Pale Windscorpion eats it. The first set of real legs is often used more for sensing the environment than running. Long back legs are rapidly mobile. Windscorpions typically hide in burrows during the day and come out at night. They are native to dry, arid regions (deserts), but have adapted to a more diverse climate and habitat.

The Pale Windscorpion prefers to live a solitary life and hunt alone. It runs in a zig-zag pattern, scouring the ground for prey. It is known to hunt other arachnids as well as insects, and has even killed and consumed smalls vertebrates like lizards. The Pale Windscorpion cuts up prey with large, dark pincers (chelicerae) at the front of the face, and almost look like fangs. 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. Unlike spiders, they do not produce venom and only bite if handled carelessly.




General Characteristics
Capability, Shape, Texture/Pattern, Benefits, Dangers
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Taxonomic Hierarchy
Species Breakdown
Kingdom: Animalia
  Phylum: Arthropoda
    Class: Chelicerata
      Order: Solifugae
        Family: Eremobatidae
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          Genus: Eremobates
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            Species: pallipes
Identifying Information
Size, Colors, Features
Scientific Name: Eremobates pallipes
Category: Windscorpion
Size (Adult; Length): 22mm to 32mm (0.86" to 1.25")
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: brown; yellow
Descriptors: pincers, scorpion, arachnid, harmless, ten legs, jaws
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Relative Size Comparison
Typical Size Between 22mm (0.9in) and 32mm (1.3in)
Lo: 22mm
Md: 27mm
Hi: 32mm
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* MAP NOTES: The territorial heat map above showcases (in red) the states and territories of North America where the Pale Windscorpion may be found (but is not limited to). This sort of data is useful when attempting to see concentrations of particular species across the continent as well as revealing possible migratory patterns over a species' given lifespan. Some insects are naturally confined by environment, weather, mating habits, food resources and the like while others see widespread expansion across most, or all, of North America. States/Territories shown above are a general indicator of areas inhabited by the Pale Windscorpion. Insects generally go where they please, typically driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.

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