Entomology (Study of Bugs)/Basement bug in MT

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What is it?
What is it?  
I found this bug in my basement in Havre, Montana, US,  and cannot find anything online to compare it to. There must be many of them, have seen them both dead and alive.  Would like to know what it is to make sure it's not dangerous to my family.

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Shannon,

This looks like the underside of a solifugid (sunspider, camelspider), see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solifugae. These are not true spiders but are a relative. Small ones are harmless, large ones can bite but are not dangerous. They are common in dry, desert climates and were the subject of an urban myth during the Iraq War (see http://www.livingwithbugs.com/camel_sp.html).

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I can answer questions in any area of entomology (study of insects, spiders, mites, ticks, and other terrestrial arthropods). Contact me about home and garden insects, insects that bite and sting, and insects that damage homes such as carpenter ants and termites.

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20 years as university extension entomologist, now retired; currently publish a website about home and garden insects.

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Ph.D. in Entomology

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