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Liocheles australasiae (Fabricius, 1775)

Bark Scoprion

 Liocheles australasiae - Bark Scorpion






Mildly Venomous

  • Family: Hormuridae

    • Genus: Liocheles

      • Species: Liocheles australasiae (Fabricius, 1775)

Morphological Description

To 35mm body length [1] (without tail). Claws proprotionally large comapred to body, tail slender.mid to dark brown, sometimes almost black. We have only found females and this species is indeed parthenogenetic (females producing babies without a mate).

This species of scorpion is often considered not to be dangerous.

Habitat and Distribution

Bark scorpions are found in dead somewhat separated bark of tress, in leaf debris, rocks etc. generally they prefer areas that dont flood or remain moist but are humid. They are common throughout low and mid elevation Taiwan with some areas being far denser than others.

Ecological Concerns of Liocheles australasiae in Taiwan

From personal observations in southern Taiwan, there seems to be little concern for this species and it could be considred locally common. They inhabit niches that are not in conflict with humans and are generally difficult to find.

Economic Importance of Liocheles australasiae in Taiwan

There seems to be little interest in this species. Only minor interest from the pet trade, for which this species can be found in many other countries naturally.

Photos of Liocheles australasiae in Taiwan

 Liocheles australasiae

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[1] Personal observations.






Last Updated: June 10, 2014
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