12 February, 2021

Distribution and habitat characteristics of two scorpion species in Miyako Islands, Japan


 Kawai Kazusa has recently published the results of a scorpion survey conducted in five Japanese islands. Two species, Liocheles australasiae (Fabricius, 1775) (Hormuridae) and Isometrus maculatus (DeGeer, 1778) (Buthidae) were found. Data on distribution, habitat and climate are presented. 

Scorpion surveys were conducted in the five islands: Miyakojima, Ikemajima, Kurimajima, Irabujima, and Shimojishima (Miyako Islands, part of Nansei/Ryukyu Islands of Japan). Eight individuals of Liocheles australasiae (Hormuridae) and 16 individuals of Isometrus maculatus (Buthidae) were observed in a total of 10 points on four islands, except Ikemajima. The localities of both species are recorded in this survey, focusing on altitude, distance from the nearest coast, and sunlight. The lowest temperatures in the habitat are also examined, and the cold tolerance of the species is discussed.

Kawai K. Habitat characteristics of two scorpion species, Liocheles australasiae (Fabricius, 1775) and Isometrus maculatus (De Geer, 1778) in Miyako Islands, Japan. Euscorpius. 2021(331):1-17. [Open Access]

Thanks to Kawai for informing me about his article!

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