Taxonomical and geographical occurrence of Libyans scorpions.

Original article


Zourgui L, Maammar M, Emetris R.

Research Unit Biochemistry Macromolecular and Genetic, Faculty of Sciences Gafsa, Zarroug City, 2112, Gafsa, Tunisia.

Arch Inst Pasteur Tunis. 2008;85(1-4):81-9.


Nine different species of scorpions can be recognized from more than 5000 samples collected from different areas in Libya: Leiurus quinquestriatus, Androctonus bicolor, Androctonus australis, Androctonus amoreuxi, Buthacus leptochelys, Buthus occitanus, Buthacus arenicola, Orthochirus innesi and Scorpio maurus. The geographical occurrence showed that Leiurus quinquestriatus seems to be restricted to the Southern areas. On the contrary, Buthus occitanus was found in the costal regions. Other species such as Androctonus were widely spread in all regions. Buthacus Leptochelys, Orthochirus innesi and Scorpio maurus were found, in the East (Aujlah, Jalu), the South (Wadi-Atbah) and the Western cost of Libya respectively.

Keywords: Taxonomical and geographical occurrence of Libyans scorpions.