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34. Lesser Brown Scorpion / kopiana

Scientific name: Isometrus maculatus (De Geer, 1778)

Classification: Phylum: Arthropoda. Class: Scorpionida

Origin: Introduced

Status: Relatively uncommon

Distribution: O`ahu, Maui, Kaua`i, Big Island

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Despite its appearance, this is not a deadly enemy. It has a painful sting, but it does not have a neurotoxin like some of its mainland cousins, so the sting is more like that of a bee. Still, it is wise to keep clear of it!

This normally shy creature is active at night and preys on insects, spiders, millipedes, and even small rodents.

   Photo by Gordon Nishida