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Journal of Entomological Research
Year : 2020, Volume : 44, Issue : 3
First page : ( 489) Last page : ( 494)
Print ISSN : 0378-9519. Online ISSN : 0974-4576.
Article DOI : 10.5958/0974-4576.2020.00082.1

Micro habitat of Androctonus crassicauda (Arachnida: Scorpionida: Buthidae) in Isfahan, Khuzestan and Kerman Provinces, Iran

Kassiri H., Dehghani R.*, Doostifar K.1, Saberi H.R.2, Dehghani M.3

Department of Medical Entomology, School of Health, Ahvaz Jundishapur University of Medical Sciences, Ahvaz, Iran

1Department of Public Health, Shoushtar Faculty of Medical Sciences, Shoushtar, Iran

2Social Determinant of Health (SDH) Research Center, and Department of Environment Health, Kashan University of Medical Sciences, Kashan, Iran

3Department of Environmental Science, Faculty of Natural Resources, Isfahan University of Technology, Isfahan, Iran

*Corresponding author's present address : Social Determinant of Health (SDH) Research Center, and Department of Environment Health, Kashan University of Medical Sciences, Kashan, Iran, E-mail: dehghani37@yahoo.com

Online published on 9 October, 2020.

Abstract

Androctonus crassicauda samples were collected from Isfahan, Khuzestan and Kerman provinces. Sampling methods such as black light, rock-rolling, digging other animal nests in desert zones were used. The characteristics of collecting sites were recorded and analyzed after data extraction. Out of 165 samples of A. crassicauda, 43.6% were Errant, 38.2% were Lapidoculus, 14% were Psamophilic, and 4.2% were Corticoulus. They were collected from the towns and villages, in the gaps and holes under the walls of mud and bricks, inside the caverns and undergrounds, under construction materials, outside residential buildings under the rocks, under the crust of dead trees, and from the nests of other animals. Androctonus crassicauda is from the opportunist group in terms of the selection of habitats; it uses any hole and shelter to protect itself.

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Keywords

Androctonus crassicauda, Ecomorphotype, Iran, Micro habitat, Scorpion.

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