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Arthropods, 2013, 2(1): 7-19
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Scaling distribution in scorpions

Michael R. Warburg
Dept. of Biology, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Technion City 32000, Israel

Received 11 October 2012;Accepted 15 November 2012;Published online 1 March 2013
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Abstract
Scorpions being solitary animals are interesting in their distribution patterns. Nevertheless, the subject of scorpion distribution has received relatively less attention than other ecological aspects of that group. It is a matter that changes continuously and moreover it is hard to define. Three different scales in distribution are introduced here: (1) Mini-distribution which describes the presence of scorpions under a single shelter or in a burrow, within a single habitat, (2) micro-distribution describing the distribution within a single habitat, and (3) macro-distribution within different habitats. Most research in scorpion distribution concentrated on the first aspect the mini-distribution. The subject is reviewed in scorpions and discussed.

Keywords mini-distribution;micro-distribution;macro-distribution;Scorpiones.



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