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Temporal range: Devonian
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Arachnida
Order: Pseudoscorpionida
Superfamily: Chthonioidea
Family: Dracochelidae
Schawaller, Shear & Bonamo, 1991
Genus: Dracochela
Schawaller, Shear & Bonamo, 1991
Species: D. deprehendor
Binomial name
Dracochela deprehendor
Schawaller, Shear & Bonamo, 1991

Dracochela is an extinct genus of pseudoscorpions.

Dracochela deprehendor is a fossil stem group species of pseudoscorpion, though lacking a spinneret on the chelicera. It was found in a mid-Devonian (GivetianEifelian) stratum of New York State. Dracochela signifies 'dragon claw".


  • Schawaller, Wolfgang; Shear, William A. & Bonamo, Patricia M. (1991): The first Paleozoic pseudoscorpions (Arachnida, Pseudoscorpionida). American Museum novitates 3009. Abstract - PDF
  • Judson, Mark L.I. (2012). "Reinterpretation of Dracochela deprehendor (Arachnida: Pseudoscorpiones) as a stem-group pseudoscorpion" Palaeontology, 55.2 (March 2012) pages 261–283, redescribes the type material and an addition palpal fragment.