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Opistophthalmus capensis

Life > Eukaryotes > Opisthokonta > Metazoa (animals) > Bilateria > Ecdysozoa > Panarthropoda > Tritocerebra > Arthropoda > Arachnomorpha > Cheliceriformes > Chelicerata > Euchelicerata > Arachnida > Scorpiones (scorpions) > Superfamily: Scorpionoidea > Family: Scorpionidae > Genus: Opistophthalmus

Opistophthalmus capensis, male, Table Mountain National Park. [image N. Larsen ]

Opistophthalmus capensis female with young, under rock on Lions Head, Table Mountain National Park. [image N. Larsen ]

Opistophthalmus capensis has a distribution extending from St. Helena Bay on the west coast to Mossel Bay on the south coast of the Western Cape. The 2 former subspecies have been elevated to species status. The burrow is constucted under stone or a log usually on a slope with the 1-3 entrances on the downhill side ensuring a dry burrow. A run leads to an antechamber, possibly used by the scorpion for feeding. Males construct shallower burrows or may shelter under any suitable place.

Text by Norman Larsen