Survey and Morphological Studies on Scorpions Inhabiting New Valley Governorate, Egypt

Document Type : Original Article


1 Zoology Department, Faculty of Science, Assiut University, Assiut, Egypt

2 Zoology and Entomology Department, Faculty of Science, New Valley University, Egypt

3 zoology Department, faculty of science, Assiut Universty


The main objective of the present study is to make a survey on scorpion species inhabiting New Valley governorate, Egypt as well as to make some morphometric measurements on the recorded species and to design a key for the recorded species. To achieve the aims of the study, random samples were collected during the period from April to July, 2017 and from July to September, 2019. The study revealed the presence of four scorpion species belonging to family Buthidae namely: Leiurus quinquestriatus, Androctonus amoreuxi, Orthochirus innesi and Buthacusleptochelys. The study provides a key for the identification of the species and some morphometric measurements. The morphometric measurements included: Carapace length, Mesosoma length, Metasoma length, Telson length, Aculeus length, Vesicle length, Pedipalp femur length, Pedipalp patella length, Pedipalp chela length and total body length. The study revealed significant differences between the recorded four species. It also revealed significant differences between males and females of each species.