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What are scorpions?
Anatomy
Glossary

Why study scorpions?
Diversity
Antiquity
Notoriety
Distribution
Life History
Ecology
Conservation
Dwindling Expertise
Venom

Why study scorpions?

There are many compelling reasons to study scorpions. Scorpions are ecologically, morphologically and taxonomically diverse, being distributed in most terrestrial habitats and elevations on all continents except Antarctica.  They represent an ancient group of arthropods, dating back to the Silurian Period over 440 million years ago. Some species are medically important, and their venoms often cause human suffering and mortality. For this reason, they have inspired fear and fascination in humans for eons.

Today, many scorpion species are threatened with extinction, yet little is actually known about their biology.  Although about 1200 species are taxonomically known, many new species remain to be discovered.  Currently, there are few experts globally, and scorpions will not become better known until more specialists are trained and the prospects for their employment improve. 

Diversity
 

Antiquity
 

Notoriety
 

Distribution
 

Life History
 

Ecology
 

Conservation

Dwindling Expertise
 

Venom
 


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