Parabuthus planicauda 

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Parabuthus planicauda female with young. Bontebok National Park, Western Cape. [image N. Larsen ]


This scorpion is commonly found under stones in the Boland, south coast, and Karoo, through to the Eastern Cape and is often misidentified as Parabuthus capensis to which it is closely related. It inhabits hard packed sandy, gritty and clayey soil in rocky areas where burrows are found under rocks and stones. Where its range overlaps with Parabuthus capensis the latter is found in open sandy habitats.


Text by Norman Larsen .

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