|“||The eight-legged scorpion. They're not insects, they're arachnids. In the same family as spiders, ticks, and mites.||„|
|— Allen, about Pulmonoscorpius|
Pulmonoscorpius, (literally "Breathing Scorpion") know simply the Giant Scorpion, is a genus of giant eight-legged arachnid scorpion that originated during the Carboniferous. The high oxygen level in the Carboniferous Period allowed this creature (and many others) to grow to very large sizes.
Era & DiscoveryEdit
Pulmonoscorpius lived during the Carboniferous, sharing the environment with reptile, amphibians, and other giant insects. Its fossils were discovered at East Kirkton, West Lothian in Scotland in 1994, and it was named by Andrew J. Jeram.
Pulmonscorpius is a giant scorpion that is nearly a meter long, much bigger than any modern scorpion. They had a protein in the cuticle, in the exoskeleton and it fluoresced and ultra-violet light.
Behavior & TraitsEdit
Luckily, these scorpions didn't normally sting, let alone attacked, unless they were being provoked. These scorpions had these sense organs under their bodies called pectines, which worked as vibration detectors. They also often spent time under logs.
These scorpions were often called "The Eight-Legged Scorpions" meaning they were not insect, but arachnids, thus they belong to the same family as spider, ticks, and mites. They also had tiny hairs on their bodies, which they used to detect air currents and sensing vibrations. For example, whenever the prey moved, the scorpion moved towards it. These scorpions also had small claws but a large sting, meaning they killed their prey using venom whereas scorpions with big claws normally crushed their prey. And scorpion venom is toxic. There are toxins in the stinger that can stop your heart beating and your breathing, but it takes several hours to have an effect and turn out to be toxic or fatal to humans.