Micro Cave Monster Described: Zoology Object of the Week (March 21, 2011)

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This odd looking critter is the type specimen for a newly described species of pseudoscorpionCryptocreagris steinmanni. A type specimen is the "name holder" - the single specimen upon which a new species description is based. This arachnid is about 5 mm long and is named after Department of Zoology research associate, David Steinmann. Dave is an expert spelunker (caver) who collected this little beast from Glenwood Caverns and Historic Fairy Caves of Colorado.

This little arachnid got lots of big press. You can read more about Dave's discovery at the following websites:

National Geographic


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