19 June, 2012

Density, spatial distribution and biomass of Hoffmannihadrurus gertschi

Ana Quijano-Ravell and co-workers have recently published an article on the density, spatial distribution and biomass of Hoffmannihadrurus gertschi (Soleglad, 1976) (Caraboctonidae)* in an area in Mexico.

The paper is written in Spanish so I have only read the English abstract.

[*The authors have placed this species in Hadrurus, but it was transfered to Hoffmannihadrurus by Fet & Soleglad i 2008 and this species is listed as Hoffmannihadrurus gertschi (Soleglad, 1976) in The Scorpion Files. Some scientists disagree on the validity of Hoffmannihadurus, as this paper is an example of. Also, some scientists choose to put Hadrurus in Iuridae and reject the validity of Caraboctonidae. See details here.]

Density, spatial dispersion and biomass of Hadrurus gertschi Soleglad 1976 were estimated from field data obtained during a year of observations at “La Coronilla” hill in the municipality of Tepecoacuilco de Trujano, Guerrero, Mexico. Five quadrants of 400 m2 with differing slope exposures were used. The highest density was recorded in the quadrant without slope or “flat quadrant” with 0.3450 burrows per m2 and the southern exposure quadrant (0.2300 burrows per m2). The lowest densities occurred in the quadrants with northern and western exposures (0.1325 and 0.0825 burrows per m2 respectively). The highest values of the year were recorded in the months of May to July. The spatial dispersion of burrows in all exposures studied corresponds with a clumped distribution according to the Morisita Index. Average dry weight of adults was 2.22 ± 0.73 g and 6.4 ± 0.89 g in fresh weight. The juveniles weighted 0.08 ± 0.05 g in dry weight and 0.2 of fresh weight instar II and 1.10 ± 0.41 g dry weight and 3.63 ±1.95 g in fresh weight in the preadult stage. The biomass per ha was estimated in 2471.26 g of dry weight and 6190.02 g of fresh weight.

Quijano-Ravell AF, Ponce-Saavedra J, Francke OF. Densidad, distribucion espacial y biomasa de Hadrurus gertschi Soleglad (Scorpiones, Iuridae) en una localidad de Guerro, Mexico. Revista Iberica de Arachnologia. 2012;20:35-43.

Thanks to Dr. Francke for sending me this paper!

Family Caraboctonidae

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