Molecular Biology and Genetics
Barcode data: Scorpio maurus
There are 12 barcode sequences available from BOLD and GenBank. Below is a sequence of the barcode region Cytochrome oxidase subunit 1 (COI or COX1) from a member of the species. See the BOLD taxonomy browser for more complete information about this specimen and other sequences.
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Statistics of barcoding coverage: Scorpio maurus
Public Records: 12
Specimens with Barcodes: 12
Species With Barcodes: 1
This is a small/medium sized scorpion (3 in) from the family Scorpionidae. There are many sub-species of this scorpion, 19 of which were described by Fet et al.
Although its venom contains a weak neurotoxin called Maurotoxin, S.maurus is not a dangerous scorpion for humans. There are no records of fatalities.
Found in very deep burrows in deserts and occasionally sparse woodland. Its habit of creating very deep burrows (up to 1 metre deep) means that in captivity this scorpion is often happiest with higher humidity: sand that is deep will be moist, thereby creating a comparatively humid burrow.