Parabuthus stridulus 

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Parabuthus stridulus juvenile. Oranjemund, Namibia. [image N. Larsen ]

Parabuthus stridulus adult eating Harpactira spider, Luderitz, Namibia. [image N. Larsen ]

Occurs in the Namib dunes from Oranjemund in the south of Namibia to the Ugab River in the north. 100mm in length, the scorpion has a shiny integument, yellow orange as a juvenile and becoming yellow as an adult. This psammophilous species excavates burrows in dune sand at the base of vegetation. When the adult in the picture on the right caught a baboon spider (probably Harpactira namaquensis) it ripped most of the spider's legs off.

Text by Norman Larsen


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