Notes Upon the Habits of Some Living Scorpions

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THE literature which treats of the habits of living scorpions is not voluminous, but it labours under the disadvantages of being based largely upon undetermined species, and of being often of questionable trustworthiness with regard to the statements that are made. Even accounts that have been given of late years of the same species of scorpion differ widely as to facts of no small importance. Mons. L. Becker, for instance, asserts that the senses of hearing and seeing are highly developed in Prionurus australis, the thick-tailed yellow scorpion of Algeria and Egypt; Prof. Lankester, on the contrary, declares exactly the opposite to be the case. Discrepancies such as these and the deficiencies above mentioned show the need for fresh observations upon the subject, and no further excuse need be offered for publishing the following notes upon the habits of some specimens of two species of scorpions, Parabuthus capensis and Euscorpius carpathicus, which I was fortunate enough to keep for some months in captivity.

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POCOCK, R. Notes Upon the Habits of Some Living Scorpions. Nature 48, 104–107 (1893) doi:10.1038/048104c0

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