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PostSubject: Telson color compared to approximate age/molts remaining determination   2/23/2009, 5:34 pm

I was just curious if there is any way that someone could show the colors of a P. Imperator's telson as it ages and transitions through moltings- like in an MSPaint blocking scheme or something. I am aware that adolescent scorps have a lighter almost white/cream color telson while matures transition toward a dark brown/red color. I guess what i would really like to know is if my larger scorps, which have a brownish telson, are mature and have no more molts remaining. I could take images of it but i fear it wouldn't do much justice. My two largest have a sort of darker brown telson than my little ones, but i would equate it more to the upper right brown on this palette below. i guess i would have expected a more red/mahogany colored telson on my larger scorps if they were mature.



Any insight would be appreciated. Thanks all.
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PostSubject: Re: Telson color compared to approximate age/molts remaining determination   2/23/2009, 6:27 pm

it's white all the way up to maturity, where it turns a deep red colour. the last few instars it's more creamy.
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PostSubject: Re: Telson color compared to approximate age/molts remaining determination   2/23/2009, 7:23 pm

ok, so none of my scorps are fully mature since none have a reddish telson. i suppose i could expect more molts! Thank you!
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PostSubject: Re: Telson color compared to approximate age/molts remaining determination   2/24/2009, 12:25 am

Compare these. Click any to view the gallery.

Juvenile, white:


Subadult, cream:


Adult, brown to red:


Also, subadults are noticeably smaller than adults.

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PostSubject: Re: Telson color compared to approximate age/molts remaining determination   2/24/2009, 2:22 am

Thanks Mordax!
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PostSubject: Re: Telson color compared to approximate age/molts remaining determination   2/24/2009, 2:49 am

I've had a few with brown telsons molt one last time.
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PostSubject: Re: Telson color compared to approximate age/molts remaining determination   2/28/2009, 2:38 pm

beautiful pics Mr. Mordax I love the last one here
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PostSubject: Re: Telson color compared to approximate age/molts remaining determination   8/5/2011, 7:28 am

Gravedigging Very Happy

Does this only count for p. imperator or other pandinus and/or heterometrus species too?
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