Parabuthus capensis  

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Parabuthus capensis. Saldanha Bay, Western Cape. [image N. Larsen ]

Parabuthus capensis is 70 to 100 mm in length and a yellowish-brown colour although a black variety also occurs. It occurs just north of the Cape Peninsula northwards into southern Namibia and extending eastwards into the Eastern Cape becoming less common with this eastward distribution. In the Western Cape this scorpion is the common buthid but does not occurs on the Cape Peninsula. It inhabits hard packed sandy and gritty soil where burrows are found at the base of shrubs, grass tufts and stones. As with many scorpions, the juveniles are more attractively marked. Often stated to be lethal but this has never been substantiated with medical records although the sting will require medical treatment as with all buthid scorpions.

Text by Norman Larsen

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