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Journal of Entomological Research
Year : 2019, Volume : 43, Issue : 3
First page : ( 391) Last page : ( 396)
Print ISSN : 0378-9519. Online ISSN : 0974-4576.
Article DOI : 10.5958/0974-4576.2019.00069.0

Analysis of morphometric parameters for sex determination of Odontobuthus doriae Thorell 1876 (Arachnida: Scorpionida: Buthidae), a medically important scorpion from Iran

Dehghani R., Kassiri H.*, Ashrafi A., Mohammadi F.

Social Determinants of Health (SDH) Research Center and Department of Environmental Health Engineering, Faculty of Health, Kashan University of Medical Sciences, Kashan, Iran

*Corresponding author's present address: Department of Medical is no single and specific organ for distinguishing Entomology, School of Health, Ahvaz Jundishapur University of Medical Sciences, Ahvaz, Iran; E-mail: hamid.kassiri@yahoo.com

Online published on 12 November, 2019.

Abstract

The present study provided morphometric parameters to determine the gender of the yellow Iranian scorpion, Odontobuthus doriae Thorell. The samples of scorpion were collected using UV light at night and kept in alcohol 70%. Previously gender has been identified by observing live birth of nymphs in females and spermatophore extrusion in males. After measuring the four morphological indicators, the data were analyzed by the T test of SPSS software. The number of pectinal teeth and the pecten length was statistically greater in males, whereas the fifth mesosomal tergite length was greater in females; body length did not differ statistically between the sexes.

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Keywords

Iran, morphometric indices, Odontobuthus doriae, scorpion, sexual Dimorphism.

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