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Burrowing activities of Scorpio maurus towensendi (Arachnida: Scorpionida: Scorpionidae) in province of Khouzestan sw Iran

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Abstract

However, burrows provide very important facilities for scorpions, a little knowledge has been established so far regarding burrow habitat. The aim of current study was to describe the burrowing biology of S. maurus towensendi in some parts of Khouzestan a south west province of Iran, which is a habitat of this species. This research study was carried out through a particular nest sampling procedure in 12 nesting sites of scorpions of Ahvaz and Shoushtar, sw of Iran. No significant difference was recorded in ratios of dimensions of scorpion borrows in the present study. Findings of the current study indicated that S. maurus used same engineering method in excavating their tunnels. The comparison among the ratios of width/height using lower and upper limits of nest dimensions showed no significant different in the way of tunnels during making the nests. This fact explained that similar techniques, using the pedipalps, were applied in nest making by this species.
Keywords: Scorpio maurus towensendi, Arachnida, Scorpionida, Scorpionidae, Khouzestan sw Iran.

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