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Copyright: Iulian Gherghel (IulianGherghel) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 140 W: 2 N: 372] (1413)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-09-18
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon Coolpix L100
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/30 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-10-15 15:57
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Androctonus is widespread in North and West Africa, the Middle East and eastwards to the Hindukush region. Countries where Androctonus species live include: Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Togo, Israel, India, Lebanon, Turkey, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Bahrain and Pakistan.

A rough English translation of the name Androctonus is "man-killer", from the Greek andras (άνδρας), meaning "man" and kteinein (κτείνειν), meaning "to kill". Crassicauda means fat-tailed, from the Latin crassus meaning "thick" or "fat" and cauda, meaning "tail". Androctonus crassicauda is widespread throughout the Middle East and its name means "fat-tailed man-killer". Similarly, the Latin word for South is australis, from which Androctonus australis, "southern man-killer", derives.

Taxonomic reclassification is ongoing, sources tend to disagree on the number of species.

* Androctonus afghanus Lourenšo & Qi, 2006
* Androctonus aleksandrplotkini Lourenšo & Qi, 2007
* Androctonus amoreuxi (Audouin, 1826)
* Androctonus australis (Linnaeus, 1758)
* Androctonus baluchicus (Pocock, 1900)
* Androctonus bicolor Ehrenberg, 1828
* Androctonus crassicauda (Olivier, 1807)
* Androctonus dekeyseri Lourenšo, 2005
* Androctonus eburneus (Pallary, 1928)
* Androctonus finitimus (Pocock, 1897)
* Androctonus gonneti Vachon, 1948
* Androctonus hoggarensis (Pallary, 1929)
* Androctonus liouvillei (Pallary, 1924)
* Androctonus maelfaiti Lourenšo, 2005
* Androctonus mauritanicus (Pocock, 1902)
* Androctonus maroccanus Lourenšo, Ythier & Leguin, 2009
* Androctonus sergenti (Vachon, 1948)
* Androctonus togolensis Lourenšo, 2008

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