Heterometrus swammerdami

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Heterometrus swammerdami
A giant forest scorpion from the Western Ghats in Karnataka, India
A giant forest scorpion from the Western Ghats in Karnataka, India
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Chelicerata
Class: Arachnida
Order: Scorpiones
Family: Scorpionidae
Genus: Heterometrus
Species: H. swammerdami
Binomial name
Heterometrus swammerdami
Simon, 1872
Subspecies

Heterometrus swammerdami, commonly called the giant forest scorpion, holds the record for being the world's largest scorpion species at 23 cm (9 inches) in length,[1] and it can weigh as much as 56 grams (2.0 oz). Its venom is not usually lethal to humans because it has arguably evolved to kill its prey by crushing it with its pincers and not by venom. The subspecies H. swammerdami titanicus can be found in Sri Lanka and India.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Manny Rubio (2000). "Commonly Available Scorpions". Scorpions: Everything About Purchase, Care, Feeding, and Housing. Barron's. pp. 26–27. ISBN 978-0-7641-1224-9. The Guinness Book of Records claims [...] Heterometrus swammerdami, to be the largest scorpion in the world [9 inches (23 cm)].