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PostSubject: Scorpion Trip   10/6/2013, 12:38 pm

I had the chance to help South Africa's top scorpion researcher(Ian Engelbrecht) in the field with collecting samples for studies and for photos as well of course Smile The photos are also contributed to the ScorpionMap project which helps with identifying the distribution range of species in South Africa.
It was a six day trip through parts of the Klein Karoo area in the Western Cape in South Africa. We saw many species throughout the trip and I will divide the posts into each day I was out there so that I don't overload the topic at the start.
Hope you guys like it Smile
The first three species were collected before I joined up with the researcher.
First up is a scorpion I regularly see.
Opisthacanthus capensis:



Second was Uroplectes lineatus:





Then lastly a very scarce species, a first for me.
Male Opistophthalmus chaperi:



Female O.chaperi:



The first day we only started late so we were only looking for one species, Opistophthalmus karooensis.

Male O.karooensis:






Chela of O.karooensis male:



Female O.karooensis:



Chela of O.karooensis female:



O.karooensis habitat:




I will add the rest of the photos in the next few days.
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PostSubject: Re: Scorpion Trip   10/6/2013, 8:55 pm

Awesome scorpions. Im looking forward to seeing more.
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PostSubject: Re: Scorpion Trip   10/7/2013, 2:11 am

I've never really been interested in Opistophthalmus spp since i once had a pair of O. boehmi and never saw them......but those Opistophthalmus karooensis look so utterly different with their colouration, habitus and peculiar blending of morphological features that i've just simply got to have a pair Wink .. That habitat picture is very good too. It holds a wealth of information for anyone lucky enough to have these.

Unfortunately though, the last time i heard those were for sale was when a young Churchill escaped the Boer and picked up a couple of hitch hikers in his riding boots.......not

Keep them coming shadowfoot...very interesting stuff
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PostSubject: Re: Scorpion Trip   10/7/2013, 3:36 am

Thanks guys.
The Opistophthalmus definitely get interesting when you look in the right places. I have a few more Opistophthalmus sp photos to share because they were our main focus.
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PostSubject: Re: Scorpion Trip   10/7/2013, 8:20 am

Day 2&3
These two days we were in the Oudtshoorn area, our main focus being Opistophthalmus pictus.
Day 2 we didn't have any luck but we found a few other things that were quite interesting.

Opisthacanthus diremptus:



Here you can see how flat they are because of the places where they decide to hide:



This is the kind of place where they hide, very much similar to Hadogenes habitat.



Typical Male Uroplectes carinatus:



Then we also found the pale form of U.carinatus as well:




Parabuthus planicauda:



Some habitat shots of where you find U.carinatus, P.planicauda and O.karooensis as well:







On day 3 we finally managed to find some Opistophthalmus pictus after bad luck on day 2.

Female O.pictus:



Male and female O.pictus next to each other.Female top and male bottom:



Ventral shot:



O.pictus burrow:



And their habitat:



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PostSubject: Re: Scorpion Trip   10/7/2013, 11:01 am

Jezz that O.karooensis look beautiful. I want it!
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PostSubject: Re: Scorpion Trip   10/7/2013, 12:28 pm

O.karooensis are definitely one of the coolest scorps ever, with an attitude to match!
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PostSubject: Re: Scorpion Trip   10/7/2013, 12:30 pm

I frickin love these pictures! We should add a habitat thread to the photo directory (if anybody is still running that). The O. karooensis is really pretty, so is the Parabuthus,

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PostSubject: Re: Scorpion Trip   10/7/2013, 1:09 pm

Thanks.
Well, my photos are always here if they are needed Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Scorpion Trip   10/7/2013, 1:37 pm

Patcho, you are officially in charge of the directory.you hace acess to the staff section and the only active mod at the moment. Make us proud! text me if you need instruction you might be able to find them on the staff discussion section. Do as you please with the directory but my suggestion is instead of a habitat section we can label the pictures with a sub tittle *IN HABITAT
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PostSubject: Re: Scorpion Trip   10/8/2013, 9:03 am

Day 4
We mostly spent day 4 making our way to the top of the Swartberg mountain range. We found the usual suspects on our way to the top, O.karooensis, U.carinatus and Opisthacanthus diremptus.
We also found a few of these special guys all along the way.
Uroplectes marlothi:



When we got to the top of the mountain we were only looking for one scorpion, an undescribed Opistophthalmus sp. They are totally endemic to the top of the Swartberg mountain range and only a few specimens have been collected for studies. We started rock flipping at about 1pm and had no luck until just past 5pm, when we found a little patch that contained a few females but no males. At 7pm we took a break and waited for nightfall, at 9pm we started UV lighting but again no males were found. At about 11pm we decided to head back because we still had to go down the mountain and check in at the next B&B. Thankfully on the way back to the car I came across a male sitting right in the open.
Undescribed female Opistophthalmus sp:



Undescribed male Opistophthalmus sp:



Habitat shots of the top of the mountain range.



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PostSubject: Re: Scorpion Trip   10/9/2013, 12:46 pm

Day 5&6
Probably the best part of the trip. We were a town called Prince Albert on this day and you could definitely call it scorpion heaven. We were also joined by 4 Nature Conservation students that came to help out in the field, it made looking for scorpions a lot easier Smile
First up was a undescribed Opistophthalmus species, either O.crassimanus or part of the O.pictus group.
This was was the only male we found and looks like he came back from a war, missing aculeus, tarsus and a piece of his claw.



Female:





Burrow:



Habitat:





Next was another undescribed species of Opistophthalmus, we only found a female though.





Then came the UV lighting and we hit the jackpot Smile

A weird little Uroplectes sp we believe to be U.schlechteri:

Female U.schlechteri:





Male U.schlechteri, notice the elongated metasomal segments, a characteristic of U.schlechteri:





Then my first Hadogenes, uknown species, probably H.trachyurus.
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I will end off with two awesome species.

Female Parabuthus capensis:





Female Parabuthus schlechteri:



Hope you guys liked the photos Smile


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PostSubject: Re: Scorpion Trip   10/10/2013, 2:25 am

We LOVE the photos man! Awesome shots!

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PostSubject: Re: Scorpion Trip   10/10/2013, 3:14 am

Excellent "true scorpion" picture of P. capensis...
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PostSubject: Re: Scorpion Trip   10/10/2013, 3:19 am

Thanks guys
Yeah, you can see the marks in the sand around the P.capensis, really had to contain that one lol.
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PostSubject: Re: Scorpion Trip   10/20/2013, 2:13 am

Great pics man.

Meanwhile I'm practically drooling on the keyboard from those Parabuthus and Opistophthalmus karooensis.

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PostSubject: Re: Scorpion Trip   11/15/2013, 6:12 pm

Scorpion19981000 wrote:
Great pics man.

Meanwhile I'm practically drooling on the keyboard from those Parabuthus and Opistophthalmus karooensis.

+100000

Add me ti the karooensis waiting list!!

Great set of pics
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PostSubject: Re: Scorpion Trip   11/16/2013, 12:15 pm

Awesome pics as usual! I'm jealous! I want to come to SA!
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PostSubject: Re: Scorpion Trip   11/16/2013, 12:22 pm

Thanks guys.
robert44 wrote:
Awesome pics as usual! I'm jealous! I want to come to SA!
I have so far only scratched the surface when it comes to how many species of SA scorps I've seen, it truly is paradise for guys like us lol.
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