Indian Collegians Discover New Scorpions Species In Mumbai
A new species of scorpion the eighth one from Mumbai has been discovered by two college students in the scrublands of Aarey Milk Colony, Goregaon. The citys latest son-of-the-soil is a small sized scorpion,which now bears the name Lychas Aareyensis, after Aarey Colony. The find by Zeeshan Mirza and Rajesh Sanap, who recently discovered a rare species of gecko,was published in the latest issue of the scientific magazine,Journal of Threatened Taxa,a peer-reviewed journal on wildlife,conservation,taxonomy,etc. This discovery brings the total number of scorpion species from the genus Lychas known to be found in India to 14.The species is similar to another species of scorpion called Lychas nigristernis.But it can be differentiated by a combination of morphological characters. The average size of the ground-dwelling Lychas Aareyensis is 27 to 31 mm and it feeds mainly on termites,grasshoppers and crickets, said Mirza who is a student at Bhavans College. Mirza,adding that India is home to 120-odd recorded species of scorpions. Scorpion Discovered in Aarey Milk Colony Mumbai Lychas Aareyensis Most species of the genus Lychas are arboreal,that means they dwell on trees.However,the newly discovered scorpion species is found mostly under boulders and on roads It has been concluded that the species can give birth to 13 to 20 juveniles at a time The scorpion has a distinct way of killing its prey.It was observed killing beetle larvae by holding its prey away from the body and stinging it repeatedly Though all the scorpion species in India are venomous, the sting of the Lychas Aareyensis is not potent.