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• Lychas mucronatus is con­sid­ered the most or­nate rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the genus Lychas

• It is con­sid­ered the most wide­spread and com­mon scorpion species across South­east Asia along with Liocheles aus­tralasiae

• Their ap­pear­ance on Rakata Ke­cil (In­done­sia) af­ter the is­land was ef­fec­tively ster­il­ized by the Krakatau erup­tion of 1883 (Va­chon 1988), demon­strates its po­ten­tial as a cos­mopoli­tan species; tak­ing ad­van­tage of hu­man com­mute among other means to spread be­yond its’ range to dis­tant lands.

• Var­i­ous re­gional cul­tures have uti­lized them as in­gre­di­ents in tra­di­tional medicines or sim­ply as food; it is con­sid­ered a del­i­cacy in China, Thai­land, and Viet­nam, served freshly grilled. They are even pro­cessed, pack­aged, and sold as light snacks in some su­per­mar­kets in Bangkok.

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