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Scorpion (Lurus dufoureius asiaticus), Beydaglari Coastal (Olympos) National Park, Turkey

Scorpions are predatory arthropod animals of the order Scorpiones within the class Arachnida. They have eight legs and are easily recognised by the pair of grasping pedipalps and the narrow, segmented tail, often carried in a characteristic forward curve over the back, ending with a venomous stinger. Scorpions range in size from 9 mm to 20 cm. Scorpions are found widely distributed over all continents, except Antarctica, in a variety of terrestrial habitats except the high latitude tundra. Scorpions number about 1750 described species. Scorpion venom has a fearsome reputation, but only about 25 out of over 1700 species are known to have venom capable of killing a human being.

Year: 2014

From album: Wildlife and National Parks in Lycia, Turkey

Photographer: Peter Prokosch

Tags: fauna

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