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Mauritius: An endemic species of scorpion reappears after 150 years of disappearance




Photo lematinal.com
Photo lematinal.com
Endemic scorpion "Lychas serratus" that the researchers thought extinct for nearly 150 years, was found during scientific work in the Mire Island in the north of Mauritius.
 
Light brown, the "Lychas serratus" weighs only 2 to 3 grams, measuring between 4 and 5 cm and lives in the bushes and vines the vegetations.
 
"Cannibal" Scorpion eats as its congeners, its bite is not fatal, but causes severe pain accompanied by a temporary paralysis, as tells the site lematinal.com.
 
The only scorpion of this endemic species has been reported by the biologist Nicholas Pike in 1868, but the specimen was damaged during his capture.
 
Research was also undertaken in 1940, 1980 and 1990 to find the "Lychas serratus" and did not yield any results.



Fabrice François


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