16 May, 2013

Scorpions in the Palestinian territories

Mazin B. Qumsiyeh and co-workers have recently presented a study of the scorpions found in the Palestinian territories.

Chromosomal data for three species are presented and discussed for the first time.

Seven species were collected from several habitats in the West Bank, namely Leiurus quinquestriatus, Androctonus crassicauda, Compsobuthus werneri, Orthochirus scrobiculosus, Hottentotta judaicus, Nebo hierichonticus, and Scorpio maurus. Karyotypic data on Leiurus quinquestriatus (2n=22), Hottentotta judaicus (2n=16), and Scorpio maurus fuscus (2n=52) are reported here for the first time.

Qumsiyeh MB, Salman INA, Michael S, Amr ZS. Records of scorpions from the Palestinian Territories, with the first chromosomal data (Arachnida: Scorpiones). Zoology in the Middle East. 2013;59(1):70-6. [Subscription required for full text]

Thanks to Gerard Dupre for informing me about this paper!

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