Chernes cimicoides (Fabricius, 1793)
Sherwood Forest is known to hold seven species of False Scorpions, but there are probably several more waiting discovery, for those willing to make the effort. There are currently 27 species in the UK and they are an extremely under-recorded, difficult to identify group. These Chernes cimicoides were found under the dead wood of an ancient Oak and under the bark of a felled log at Sherwood Forest CP in February 2013 and March 2014 (upper two photographs) measuring around 2mm long.
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Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Chernes cimicoides
 
Chernes cimicoides habitat at Sherwood Forest CP. The one shown in the photographs, was located under a strip of algae-covered dead wood, at the lower right of this ancient Oak.
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The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - UK Pseudoscorpion Recording Scheme. NBN Gateway. Denton, M.L. Green, E.J. Legg, G. Hemingway, D.G. Marsh, R.J. and Sharp, D. (2002 Arachnid survey of Birklands and Bilhaugh candidate Special Area of Conservation (SAC), Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire. Report to English Nature from Entotax consultancy 2003). Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Liam Andrews. Tim Sexton. Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust.

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Updated October 2017

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