27 September, 2008

New german scorpion book for the hobbyist

I got a nice book in the mail last week: "Skorpione im Terrarium" by Martin Watz. As the name suggest, this is a book for the hobbist and other non-professionals that wants to learn more about scorpions.

The book has a part about scorpions in nature, but the focus is on how to keep scorpions in captivity. All families are presented and selected species have individual presentations. Because my knowledge in the german language is not as good as it should be (I did have german in high school/college), I can not give a detailed review on the text. But as far as I can tell, it looks good.

Finally, I have to mentioned the great color pictures in the book, which are of high quality.

The book is available at Amazon.de.

Watz, Martin (2008). Skorpione im Terrarium. Ulmer: Eugen. 125 pp. ISBN 380015658X /978-3800156580.

05 September, 2008

Part IV of the major review of the scorpions of Iran has been published

Part IV of a major review of the scorpions of Iran has been published in issue 74 of the journal Euscorpius.

The paper list 11 species (eight new records) in three families from the Kohgilouyeh & Boyer Ahmad Province and their distribution. An identification key for the species in the province is given. Good color photos are presented for most species and also some habitat pictures.

Navidpour S, Kovarik F, Soleglad ME, Fet V. Scorpions of Iran (Arachnida, scorpiones). Part IV. Kohgilouyeh & Boyer Ahmad Province. Euscorpius. 2008(74):1-24. [Fulltext freely available]

Family Buthidae
Family Scorpionidae
Family Hemiscorpiidae