- Apr 7, 2014
We all know Leiurus quinquestriatus and Androctonus australis are said to be the most venomous scorpions in the world. Out of the 2 species I've heard the LD50 shows L. quinquestriatus to be more potent of these two species, but many argue A. australis is worse because they have killed more people. What I keep hearing is the most dangerous genus of scorpions is Androctonus, this is where my question starts. Why is Androctonus the most venomous genus? Why not Leiurus? I would think the genus Leiurus would be just as venomous as the genus Androctonus maybe worse, but as far as the genus Leiurus goes I only hear about quinquestriatus being dangerous. Are the other species of this genus much less venomous? Or maybe they haven't been studied as much? I am just curious what kind of info or opinions I will get on this subject. Thanks.