FW: [TAXACOM] Megarachne reclassified

Fet, Victor 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)

Victor Fet
Marshall University

-----Original Message-----
From: Taxacom Discussion List on behalf of Ken Kinman
Sent: Thu 2/17/2005 11:28 AM
Subject: [TAXACOM] Megarachne reclassified

Dear All,
      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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