Our friend Ümit Kebapçı is supposed to be a malacologist, but whenever we are in the field he seems to spend more time collecting spiders, centipedes, scorpions and the like. A post from last summer featured him and a scorpion he had found.
During our last collecting trip together in Turkey a few weeks ago he found this large scorpion under a rock. He said it was an Iurus asiaticus.
It is amazing how much biodiversity was hidden under the rocks both in forests as well as exposed fields we visited in Turkey. We saw all sorts of arthropods, worms, snails, of course, and even a large frog. The latter will be the subject of a future post.