oa Journal of the Entomological Society of Southern Africa - Scorpion preparation for scientific study and display

Volume 32, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0013-8789



It has long been customary for arachnologists to kill, fix and preserve specimens by dropping them into 70% ethyl alcohol. This approach yields distorted specimens which, once set, are often unsuitable for detailed taxonomic study. Many scorpions treated by this method bloat as a result of internal decay caused by inadequate preservative penetration (fig. 1b). Perfect study and display specimens (fig. 1c) may be obtained by employing the method descriptionbed below, which can also be adapted for the preparation of other invertebrates.

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