Figure 17: Scorpio maurus palmatus
maurus palmatus (Hemprich
& Ehrenberg , 1829)
Diagnosis: Yellow to light olive brown in colour.
Pedipalpal claw similar to the lobster. Prosoma entirely smooth. Mesosoma
smooth and without crests. Metasoma: tail segments yellow brown with scattered
hairs. Pectines 9-13 in males and 7-13 in females.
Measurements: Total length 5-7 cm (average 5.25cm),
prosoma 7.6-8.3mm, mesosoma 14.9-18.6mm, metasoma 18.9-22.9mm.
Habitat and distribution: Scorpio maurus palmatus is of
African origin that penetrated into southern Jordan. It was reported from Wadi
Musa, Theban, Amman and Ajlun (Wahbeh, 1976; El-Hennawy, 1988; Amr and El-Oran
1994). This species was recovered from pellets of the Eagle Owl in the Eastern
Desert of Jordan (Rifai et al., 2000) and from Wadi Rum (Kovařík and Whitman, 2004).