Mesobuthus martensii
Mesobuthus martensii adult
An adult Chinese armor-tail scorpion
Common names: Chinese scorpion, Armor-tail scorpion, Chinese armor-tail scorpion, Chinese golden scorpion, Manchurian scorpion
Size: 3 inches long
Color: Tan or yellow appendages with black or dark-colored body
Defense: Pincers, venomous sting (non-fatal)
Range: Northern China
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Arachnida
Order: Scorpiones
Family: Buthidae
Genus: Mesobuthus
Species: martensii
Life cycle
Viviparous birth
Adult Mesobuthus martensii

Stage consumed: Adult
Cooking method: Fried, grilled
Parts consumed: All
Toxicity: Contains non-fatal venom when raw


Chinese armor-tailed scorpions are found in Northern China as well as parts of Korea, Japan, and Magnolia. A study of Chinese scorpions found specimens between Guide in the west, Beipiao in the north, Wafangian in the east, and Hubei in the south.[1] They prefer warm and dry areas, especially those with sparse vegetation.[2]



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The scorpions have been red-listed in China due to over-exploitation by humans. Most specimens which are available for sale are captive bred and do not effect the indigenous populations. This species may require a license in Singapore, though it is clear whether the license pertains to the sale of scorpions, or the owning of scorptions.[3]


It is possible to purchase this species prepared for human consumption. Finding live scorpions is difficult, or maybe impossible.


  • Adult Mesobuthus martensii specimen
  • Adult Chinese armor-tailed scorpion
  • Chinese armor-tailed scorpions sold on skewers in Beijing


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