Small, reddish brown scorpion discovered in Turkey

The new scorpion is secretive, but relatively harmless.
By Ananth Baliga   |   Nov. 8, 2013 at 11:28 AM

(UPI) -- Scientists have discovered a new species of small, reddish brown scorpions in Southwestern Turkey. The new scorpion, called Euscorpius lycius, is the fifth known species of this scorpion found in the country.

The scorpion is part of the Euscorpius genus, commonly called small wood scorpions.

As their name suggests, the scorpions measure just 2 to 2.5 centimeters long and are known to be relatively harmless, with a bite similar to that of a mosquito.

The new species is named after the historical region of Ancient Lycia, which is referenced in Ancient Greek and Egyptian mythology. Like the mythical nature of the area, this scorpion can be very secretive, found mainly hiding in pine trees at night or on stone garden walls. The species seems to favor cool, humid weather and calcareous stones covered in moss.

"Further studies are in progress to understand the quantity and distribution of the different species and populations of the genus Euscorpius in Turkey and their relationship with the Greek populations," said lead author Dr. Ersen Aydın Yağmur.

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