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Identifying and Recording Pseudoscorpions

  • Location: Juniper Hall
  • Tutor: Liam Andrews
  • Dates: Friday 26 July 2019 to Sunday 28 July 2019
  • Level: Intermediate
  • Sole occupancy: £50
  • Shared room: £30
  • Non-resident: £20

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Discover the fascinating world of pseudoscorpions, and learn how to find and identify them in the field and in the lab. Pseudoscorpions (also known as False Scorpions) are not actually scorpions but are a type of arachnid. There are currently 27 species of pseuodscorpion known to be present in the UK. You are unlikely to see a pseudoscorpion unless you’re actively looking for one as they are very small, ranging from 2 – 8mm. This course is designed for people who are interested in learning more about pseudoscorpions and have some experience identifying invertebrates using microscopes.

On this course you will:

  • Learn about the fascinating natural history and important ecological role of these tiny but beautiful creatures.
  • Learn and practice the field techniques needed to find and collect them.
  • Observe live pseudoscorpions.
  • Use microscopes, keys, and preserved specimens, to learn how to identify them down to species level.
  • Find out how to record pseudoscorpions and how take your interest further.


Please note that this course will involve the use of specimens that have been killed and preserved.

Liam Andrews is a MSc Entomology graduate from Harper Adams University. He has a wide range of interests within the natural world from birds to butterflies but his main interest is arachnids, specifically pseudoscorpions.

He first learned about pseudoscorpions on an FSC spider identification course in his first year of university and since then has been obsessively researching and looking for them! Although for the last few years he has been studying British pseudoscorpions he is expanding his studies into species found in Europe and elsewhere in the world.

 This course is heavily subsidised by the FSC BioLinks Project (funded by the Heritage Fund).


Further Information

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This course is now historical and therefore no bookings can be taken.

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