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Gert B
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PostSubject: Scorpion's purpose in life?   5/19/2014, 9:19 am

What is the purpose of a scorpion in nature?

I once saw a group of Opistothalmus darting out of their borrows every few seconds to catch some termites that were emerging in thousands in flight. The termites that landed on the ground to shed their wings, well, quite a view served as supper for the scorps…but is that their only purpose in life…?

What would be your opinion?
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PostSubject: Re: Scorpion's purpose in life?   5/19/2014, 6:02 pm

Why do we exist? lol

It's a good question. I guess the basic answer is they are an important predator of invertebrates and in turn are an important source of prey for other invertebrates and vertebrates.

I'm saying important but I don't know what would happen if all scorpions were removed from the world. Would there be a huge population surge of a some prey insect or such like? Would some species of animal higher up the food chain suffer due to lack of food available? I think in probably almost all cases there would be an effect on an ecosystem if a healthy population of scorpions was removed from it.

There are also probably way more intricate ways in which scorpions are important within an ecosystem, though. There's tons of little details that will make scorpions have a so called 'purpose'. Think about burrowing species moving soil around, faeces providing nutrients in barren arid areas, arboreal species reducing the amount of pest insects on a plant etc. etc. etc. etc.
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PostSubject: Re: Scorpion's purpose in life?   5/20/2014, 3:03 am


Scorps are good tillers for the soil allowing for better air and water transport underground.

Besides reducing insect numbers by even a little, the more dangerous ones can also reduce big animal numbers if the said big animal gets stung.

A little makes a big difference in nature

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PostSubject: Re: Scorpion's purpose in life?   5/20/2014, 11:06 pm

They're predators on lots of kinds of insects. They're also a food source for lots of animals such as birds, foxes, as well as other arthropods.
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PostSubject: Re: Scorpion's purpose in life?   5/21/2014, 7:49 am

Thanxzzz for the replies! I am actually surprised there were some comments…

I think that the real meaning would show its face if all scorpions were gone at once…which I honestly would not hope Shocked 
In any case, the diversity of various species to me is just amazing and seeing that scorpions eat almost anything (even butter and meat Rolling Eyes ) they most probably keep the outburst of certain (sometimes devastating insects) on hold.
Each year, where I live, I find another outburst of some kind of insect appearing in uncontrollable numbers…
We humans have the ability to always steal some kind of link out of some natural chain somewhere Evil or Very Mad ….I am just glad that our precious scorpions are able to hide away pretty well.

Thanxzzz again for the comments!

Regards from Namibia Wink 
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