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Please help ID this Spider/Scorpion critter.

Please help ID this Spider/Scorpion critter.
Lubbock, Lubbock County, Texas, USA
July 23, 2006
Size: approx 1"
I actually thought this was a scorpion that lost it's "tail" when first saw it lying in my floor. It was in the "throws of pyrethroid"; it was very aggressive. It appeared to have 4 "pincers" all moving in different directions. The two large "feelers" were flexed, then extended, like your arm bending at the elbow.

I am such a nerd...things and critters amaze me.

This may be a very common "what's it?" but I 've never seen one at the age of 49 that I can recall.

Thanks for your help.

This is neither a spider nor a scorpion, but a relative of both: a Wind Scorpion (Order Solifugae). These include the "Camel Spiders" of the middle east- the subject of some real silly tall tales coming out of Iraq.

This is a sun spider, or camel spider or Wind Scorpion (these are just a few of the common names. The scientific name is Solifugae, they are related to spiders and scorpions, but they do not have any poison, but they have strong muscles on their "pinchers" and they can bit! And they are so fast that it is hard to catch them. They are active during the night and they run away if somebody comes close, that is the reason you did not see them before (like some of the other 100 000 different Arthropods in the US)...
Fascinating animal!

This arachnid is known by several common names: solifuge, solpugid, "camel spider", "wind scorpion", "sun spider." They are steeped in myth and superstition, but are harmless to humans. Voracious predators of anything their size or smaller, they prowl mostly at night, hiding by day in burrows they dig, or under debris. They are fast, furious critters that are essentially the shrews of the invertebrate world. They are not venomous, instead just crushing their prey with their huge, plier-like jaws.

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