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An Arizona Bark Scorpion (Centruroides sculpturatus) Found Consuming a Venomous Prey Item Nearly Twice Its Length

Author:
Webber, Michael M., Graham, Matthew R.
Source:
Western North American naturalist 2013 v.73 no.4 pp. 530-532
ISSN:
1527-0904
Subject:
Centruroides sculpturatus, Scolopendra, foraging, wood, Arizona, Sonoran Desert
Abstract:
Arizona bark scorpions (Centruroides sculpturatus Ewing) are commonly found throughout the Sonoran Desert in southwestern North America, and they are well known for being the most venomous scorpion in the United States. Despite their medical significance, C. sculpturatus remains ecologically understudied, and little is known regarding its natural foraging and feeding behaviors. Here, we present the first documented case of C. sculpturatus feeding on the Sonoran Desert centipede (Scolopendra polymorpha Wood) in the wild.
Agid:
1316095