Schizomida

Schizomids are commonly known as 'short-tailed’ whip-scorpions, because they have a short flagellum. There are approximately 258 described species. 

Schizomida are closely related to uropygids, having both:

  • antenniform legs and
  • chemical defences 

What sets them apart from the other arachnid orders is the unique structure of the surface of the prosoma, which is divided into segments.  

About the name

‘Schizo’ comes from the Greek word meaning 'split', referring to the segmented prosoma.

Glossary

Prosoma
The prosoma is the first of two body segments found in arachnids, and is the equivalent of the head and thorax fused together. 

Antenniform
Having the shape of antenna.