Seasonal Variations in Scorpions (Arachnida: Scorpions) from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan

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Seasonal Variations in Scorpions (Arachnida: Scorpions) from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan

Sahibzada Muhammad Jawad, Muhammad Zahid
Int. J. Biosci.19( 1), 24-30, July 2021.
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Abstract

Scorpions are the members of phylum arthropods, Class arachnida and Order Scorpiones. Collection was made from March 2017 to October 2020. Scorpions were collected from diverse localities of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pakistan through Pitfall traps, Battery-operated portable ultraviolet lamps and Stone turning methods. The specimens which were collected belonging to three families Buthidae, Scorpiopidae and Scorpionidae. The collection of Scorpions was high in August and July and less in October and March. The populations Hottentotta, Androctonus, Orthochirus,Fetilinia, Compsobuthus, Buthacus, Mesobuthusand Odontobuthus of the family Buthidae were increases from March to August with increase in temperature and their numbers were decreases from September to October with decrease in temperature. The numbers of the specimens belonging to genus Scorpiopsof the subfamily Scorpiopidae was high in August and less in October. The members of the genus Deccanometrus were increases up to August and then decreases from September to October with decrease in Temperature.

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