Scorpions in Afghanistan.
Afghanistan harbours a lot of scorpion species, manily from the family Buthidae. Of obvious reasons, the scorpion fauna of Afghanistan has not been investigated for several years, and we know little about how many species that live there, and their biology.
The following species is reported from Afghanistan:
Most scorpions reported from Afghanistan belongs to the family of Buthidae, and have quite strong venoms. Scorpions of the genus Androctonus are known to have a major medical importance in many countries. Little is known about the medical significance of the other species from Afghanistan. Stings are very painful, but will often result in local effects only, but more serious systemic effects can also be seen. As long as we know so little about these species, they should be treated as potential dangerous, especially for children and elders.
I'm very interested in getting more information about scorpions in Afghanistan, and the potential medical significance of scorpion stings in this region. My email is in the bottom of the page.
Jan Ove Rein (C) 2000
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