Scorpions collection

Our goal is to document in the first instance which species of scorpions live in Sudanese regions that will provide a source to check the endemic areas and raise community awareness about scorpions serious threat.

For the Republic of Sudan, we could retrieve published records of 17 scorpions from only two families; Buthidae and Scorpionidae (Dunolp et al., 2018).

The most common highly venomus scorpions are; Leiurus quinquestriatus (Ehrenberg, 1828), Androctonus amoreuxi (Audouin, 1826), Androctonus australis (Linneaus, 1758) and Parabuthus abyssinicus (Pocock, 1901). In addition to three less venomous species widely distributed; Hottentota sp. (L. Koch, 1875), Compsobuthus sp. (Birula, 1908) and Buthus sp. Leach, 1815.

 

Compsobuthus werneri

 

 

Scorpions, their body parts and venom, are claimed to be effective for the treatment of many diseases, including cancer With advanced methodologies for huge studies and characterization of venom components, it has become evident that along with toxins, many other peptides are present in the scorpion venoms. Some of these peptides are biologically active and have proven to be valuable tools for the development of drugs for the treatment of several diseases. Scorpion venom components are a promising source of biologically active molecules with a potential to fight cancer. Some scorpion proteins and peptides have shown both in vitro and in vivo effects on cancer cells.

 

Parabuthus abyssinicus

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