Journal of Insect Behavior

, Volume 13, Issue 6, pp 827–838 | Cite as

Courtship and Mating in the Giant Hairy Desert Scorpion, Hadrurus arizonensis (Scorpionida, Iuridae)

  • Sara K. Tallarovic
  • John M. Melville
  • Philip H. Brownell


Hadrurus arizonensis is a large, long-lived species of North American desert scorpion with lengthy, stereotyped courtship behaviors that lead to sperm transfer via an external spermatophore. Courtship and mating behaviors in H. arizonensis and other members of the Iuridae family have not been described. H. arizonensis has reproductive behavior similar to that of other scorpions, including the promenade a deux, but with some unique components described here for the first time. Courtship and mating behaviors of H. arizonensis are presented in a flowchart to emphasize its stereotypical nature and suitability for experimental manipulation in field and laboratory studies.

scorpion mating behavior Hadrurus arizonensis courtship reproduction 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sara K. Tallarovic
    • 1
    • 2
  • John M. Melville
    • 1
  • Philip H. Brownell
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of ZoologyOregon State UniversityCorvallis
  2. 2.Section of NeurobiologyUniversity of Texas at AustinAustin

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