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PostSubject: Buthidae family   7/24/2009, 2:42 am


Babycurus jacksoni (chocolate version)


Leiurus quinquestriatus (3rd instar pre-molt)



Buthidae is the largest family of scorpions, containing about 80 genera and over 800 species as of mid-2008. Its members are known as, for example, thick-tailed scorpions and bark scorpions. There are a few very large genera (like Ananteris, Centruroides, Compsobuthus or Tityus), but also a high number of species-poor or monotypic ones. New taxa are being described at a rate of several to several dozen new species per year. They occur in the warmer parts of every major landmass on Earth, except on New Zealand. Together with the Microcharmidae, the Buthidae make up the superfamily Buthoidea. The family was established by Carl Ludwig Koch in 1837.

Some Buthidae are of medical importance, and the sting of a few can kill humans. If you are unaware of the exact species and not experienced in handling scorpions, it is better to keep a respectful distance. In dead specimens, the spine beneath the sting, characteristic for this family, can be observed.
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PostSubject: Re: Buthidae family   7/24/2009, 3:49 am

at first i tot the black scorpion turn white ... lol ...
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PostSubject: Re: Buthidae family   7/24/2009, 4:00 am

No, he is dark brown; it's the lighting on his chocolate that I have to use Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: Buthidae family   7/24/2009, 10:40 am

I wouldn't really classify this as a guide or tutorial . . . more like a little info blurb.

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