No common name. This species is formerly known
as M. gibbosus anatolicus , but DNA analysis
showed that this an unique species, probably endemic for
Cyprus (Trodos area, western and southwestern Cyprus in the following
locations: Polis Chrysochou, Lemona Village (Paphos area), Akrotiri, Dhekelia and Kato Pyrgos) and also one finding in a park in Nicosia. M. cyprius seems to be
quite common in parts of Cyrpus) Also some locations in occupied northern Cyprus.
Arid/semi-arid habitats with little or no vegetation.
Moderate to limited humidity. Don't dig burrows, but use
natural space/burrows under stones and other objects. In Northwestern areas it seems that this
species might enter gardens and accidently houses.
No medical data available in literature, but probably moderate
venomous. Case reports I have gotten for 6-7 patients seems to indicate local effects only, but
there is much pain involved in some of the cases.
Gantenbein, B., Kropf, C., Largiadèr, C. R. & Scholl, A. (2000). Molecular and
morphological evidence for the presence of a new buthid taxon (Scorpiones:
Buthidae) on the island of Cyprus. Revue suisse de Zoologie, 107(1),
On the Internet:
One locality of this species on Cyprus is on the island's
highest mountain (appr. 1900 m above sea). This area have
snow in several months of the winter. I have also gotten several findings from northwestern Cyprus.