Coddington, Jonathan A. National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC.
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An order of Arachnida with two families, Protoschizomidae (Agastoschizomus, Protoschizomus) and Schizomida (Schizomus, Trithyreus, Megaschizomus), including about 130 described species, mainly in the genus Schizomus. Schizomids occur in most tropical and warm temperate regions, but each species has a restricted distribution. Many undescribed species probably occur in tropical leaf litter and caves. Schizomids are most closely related to Uropygi, with which they share several evolutionary novelties. See also: Uropygi
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