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PostSubject: Mystery West Texas Scorp   10/17/2013, 3:47 pm

The following are pics of a little scorp given to me from a friend.  The scorp was wild caught in Sanderson, Texas (West Texas, hot and dry desert).  I have no idea what he is.  The coin is a US Dime, diameter about 18mm.  What is he???  Thanks!







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PostSubject: Re: Mystery West Texas Scorp   10/17/2013, 4:48 pm

my first instict was Diplocentrus but Probably D.lindo I also thought young Paruroctonus...but texas usually have yellow Paruroctonus species. I'll stick to Diplocentrus.
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PostSubject: Re: Mystery West Texas Scorp   10/17/2013, 10:05 pm

Thanks Abyss, he does look like a Diplocentrus sp. Could he also be a Diplocentrus whitei?
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PostSubject: Re: Mystery West Texas Scorp   10/18/2013, 7:04 am

After doing some more research I see that the Diplocentrus lindo and whitei are similar looking with the latter being larger.  Most of the pics I see are of adults and I've got a juvenile.  However, from what I understand the whitei has a small range in West Texas.  My guy was caught near where the whiteis range but not quite.  I agree with you and think he is a D. lindo based on where he was caught.

A common name I've seen for the D. lindo is "Trans-Pecos Smooth Claw scorp."  Thanks for your help!
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PostSubject: Re: Mystery West Texas Scorp   10/18/2013, 12:06 pm

Sweet...i still got it!.(unless we're both wrong)
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PostSubject: Re: Mystery West Texas Scorp   10/18/2013, 1:18 pm

Yes I think you got it!  My only hesitation is my guy was caught very close to where the whiteis range.  Only about one (West Texas) county to the east.  If the range of the whiteis is a bit larger than commonly known he could maybe be a whitei.  The lindos and whiteis are very similar looking and I'm not sure I can tell the difference in a small juvenile.  As he gets larger I might be able to ID him for certain.  The whiteis are also larger than the lindos.

As a side note, I the lindo was only fairly recently classified as a species.  

http://www.americanarachnology.org/JoA_free/JoA_v29_n3/arac_29_03_304.pdf

Depending on where you look, there are about 18 to 20 known scorp species in Texas.  I have yet to find a source with photos of all of them.  I'm from South East Texas and we only have one local scorp, the C. vit.
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PostSubject: Re: Mystery West Texas Scorp   10/18/2013, 2:27 pm

If you're on facebook look up Kari Mcwest he's in texas and the US scorpion expert. He'll give you a dfinate answer with 100% certainty. I've owned D.lindo before but it's been a while and I had an adult.
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PostSubject: Re: Mystery West Texas Scorp   10/18/2013, 10:13 pm

Thanks I'll do that. Maybe he could give me a list of all scorps in Texas also.
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PostSubject: Re: Mystery West Texas Scorp   10/19/2013, 3:16 am

Looks like a diplocentrus, to me. Any dealers in socal sell these?
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PostSubject: Re: Mystery West Texas Scorp   10/19/2013, 8:36 am

Thanks Smokehound. Do you have an opinion as to which species?
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PostSubject: Re: Mystery West Texas Scorp   11/15/2013, 7:10 am

I'm gonna go with whitei, because of the location it was collected from. Still quite young, too. These get about the same size as anuroctonus.
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PostSubject: Re: Mystery West Texas Scorp   11/16/2013, 11:54 am

Thanks Smokehound!
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