Liocheles australasiae
(Fabricius, 1775)


Common names:
This species is often known as an Dwarf Wood Scorpion.

India, Bangladesh, Yaeyama Islands(Japan),China, Korea, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Philippines, Mariana Islands, Indonesia, Australia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu , New Caledonia, Tuvalu, Fiji, Tonga, Samoa and French Polynesia.

It occurs from the subtropical region to the tropics, and inhabits in decayed trees, under stones, and under the bark of trees.

No data available, but this scorpion rarely stabs humans, and because it is small, it often cannot penetrate human skin. Therefore, there is not much need to be vigilant.

Selected litterature:
Yamazaki K, Makioka T. Parthenogenesis through five generations in the scorpion Liocheles australasiae (Fabricius 1775) (Scorpiones, Ischnuridae). J Arachnol. 2005;32:852-6.
Makioka T. Reproductive biology of the viviparous scorpion Liocheles australasiae (Fabricius) (Arachnidae, Scorpiones, Ischnuridae) II. Repeated pregnancies in virgins. Invertebrate Reprod Development. 1992;21(2):161-6.

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This kind is known to do thelytoky (parthenogenesis). Because it can breed by one female, it is an alien species everywhere. For example, in Japan, no male individuals have been found, so the theory of foreign species is prominent.

Liocheles australasiae photo by Kawai Kazusa (C)
This species file is written by Kawai Kazusa (Japan). Updated 11.09.19

Jan Ove Rein (C) 2023