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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.



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1.Posted by Aess on 03/31/2014 1:04 PM
I found one, what should i do with it?

2.Posted by Ian on 05/04/2014 8:15 AM (from a mobile)
Hello Aess, please submit a photo of your scorpion to ScorpionMAP on the Virtual Museum (see link). We use these records to better understand scorpions distributions for research and conservation. Every record counts! Many thanks!

3.Posted by David Wilson on 07/29/2014 6:43 AM
Iwe found one on a chair on our terrace outside our hotel room. We had a small garden area attached so we released it there after taking a photo

4.Posted by jay on 01/24/2015 11:21 AM
just got one at my at flacq what should i do with it

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