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African scorpion.

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Plate showing a scorpion, an arachnid in the family Scorpionidae, on a patch of moss or grass.

Scorpio afer, the scientific name this scorpion was given by Linnaeus, is what is called a nomen dubium, a dubious name, as to this day it seems difficult to determine which species it refers to. Heterometrus cyaneus, Heterometrus indus, and Pandinus imperator appear to be the most likely candidates.

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