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What is this? :) - Hubbardia pentapeltis - female

What is this? :) - Hubbardia pentapeltis - Female
Escondido, San Diego County, California, USA
December 30, 2012
This was under a rock in the garden. It has huge pedipalps and was nearly translucent. It is 6mm long with the pedipalps.

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What is this? :) - Hubbardia pentapeltis - female What is this? :) - Hubbardia pentapeltis - female What is this? :) - Hubbardia pentapeltis - female

Moved tentatively
Moved from Short-tailed Whipscorpions.

From Marshal Hedin: "H. pentapeltis is fairly common near Escondido, and to the best of my
knowledge there are no other taxa in the region. I'm pretty confident
in the ID..."

We can always move it elsewhere if Dr. Cokendolpher's dissection of the specimen leads to another conclusion.

Moved from ID Request.

I think Brandon must be right. It's a good match for another CA specimen shown in Wikipedia.

Thank you
I'm so happy to spot one! Thanks all for your help. To further ID this, would additional images help or the actual specimen?

I'm not sure we've got an expert for these critters...
...but hold on to see if perhaps one will comment.

In the meantime, maybe there's a specialist at one of the local universities to whom you could email the photos. It sure would be nice to refine the ID.

try contacting Marshal Hedin
great guy.

Thanks for the suggestion!
I just did a bit of research, and sent a note to James Cokendolpher. Perhaps I'll contact Dr. Hedin as well.

I'll hold on to the specimen
I have two I'll hold on to for a bit in hopes of further research of this Order and this particular specimen. Thank you in advance.

I've heard from both Marshall Hedin and James Cokendolpher. Dr. Hedin identified this specimen as a female Hubbardia pentapeltis. Dr. Cokendolpher also thought that was the most likely species, but said there were other, less common, possibilities and he'd need to see the specimen to be sure (if you want to send it to him, shoot me an email and I'll give you the address). Dr. Colendolpher also noted that the family name Schizomidae (which we are using in BugGuide) is obsolete, and that these new specimens, as well as the one already in the Guide, should be in Hubbardiidae. I have asked Dr. Hedin how solid he considers the species-level ID, and if he agrees with the family assignment. Once I hear from him again, I'll make the necessary page(s) and place the images.

email sent
Hi Ken, I just sent you an email with my addy under my signature.
Thank you!

sweet... thanks for pursuing this, Ken.

Looks like
a baby Vinegaroon

Or maybe
, but wait for an expert opinion.

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