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PostSubject: Specific Heterometrus spp?   9/8/2013, 5:32 pm

Hey guys. I know the pictures are rough, but that's all I got from what I was sent by the seller. What species do you think? The telson looks black to me instead of brown, so I was thinking maybe petersii... What do you say? Also... Keeping Heterometrus spp are pretty much the same as Pandinus, right? Same humidity levels, substrate levels and temps and all that?





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PostSubject: Re: Specific Heterometrus spp?   9/8/2013, 5:36 pm

Looking at other pics online, I was also thinking maybe H. laoticus...

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PostSubject: Re: Specific Heterometrus spp?   9/8/2013, 11:39 pm

Ok... I picked up the Heterometrus guys... Here are some pics. You can clearly see the telson is not red/brown. It is black just like the rest of the scorp. The guy that sold them to me said they were H. longimanus, but I always see those with a red/brown telson.



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PostSubject: Re: Specific Heterometrus spp?   9/9/2013, 9:57 pm

Well, it's definitely not a spinifer and it doesn't appear to be a longimanus either.

Therefore, the two most likely options are H. petersii and H. laoticus.

Clear shots of the carapace and pedipalps would be needed for me to ID it. Also, is it a male or a female?

Unfortunately I'm not going to be on the forum until at least Saturday, so if you'd like you can email the pics to me at: collin@scorpion-forum.com

Here's the ID key's for you take a look at if you'd like to give it a shot yourself:

Heterometrus petersii:
 


Heterometrus laoticus:
 

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PostSubject: Re: Specific Heterometrus spp?   9/9/2013, 10:05 pm

Oh! I just noticed you said the telson is black. That's a trait of H. petersii.

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PostSubject: Re: Specific Heterometrus spp?   9/9/2013, 10:10 pm

It's also a trait of laoticus. :/
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PostSubject: Re: Specific Heterometrus spp?   9/9/2013, 10:11 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Specific Heterometrus spp?   9/10/2013, 2:21 am

I'm thinking petersii more and more. Especially now that Collin posted that key. In the petersii key it shows that there are subtle tubercles on the patella, which are clearly present on my Hets.

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