FW: [TAXACOM] Megarachne reclassified
fet at MARSHALL.EDU
Thu Feb 17 17:44:38 CST 2005
No, it should not...
Class Eurypterida is usually believed to be a sister group of Class Arachnida in Subphylum Chelicerata. The relationship of Eurypterida and the arachnid order Scorpiones is a controversial subject, the jury is still out on it. Many think that scorpions are a derived arachnid group, and have little to do with extinct "sea-scorpions" (Eurypterida)
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Sent: Thu 2/17/2005 11:28 AM
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Subject: [TAXACOM] Megarachne reclassified
The Carboniferous genus Megarachne is an eurypterid, not a gigantic spider. It should thus be transferred from Class Arachnida to Class Scorpionea.
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