Karasbergia methueni

Life > Eukaryotes > Opisthokonta > Metazoa (animals) > Bilateria > Ecdysozoa > Panarthropoda > Tritocerebra > Arthropoda > Arachnomorpha > Cheliceriformes > Chelicerata > Euchelicerata > Arachnida > Scorpiones (scorpions) > Superfamily: Buthoidea > Family: Buthidae

This is the only species in the genus and is native to the Northern Cape (Augrabies Falls and Richtersveld region) and central Namibia. It has a maximum size of only 23 mm and due to its small size, this common scorpion is usually overlooked. It can usually only be detected by UV (ultraviolet) light. Karasbergia methueni is nocturnal. This pelopilous scorpion constructs burrows in hard soil under stones.

Karasbergia is of no medical importance and it is doubtful if the sting can penetrate human skin.

Text by Norman Larsen .

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