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PostSubject: Identification   10/22/2009, 4:17 am

I found this scorpion in a mountainous area near the Kruger national park in South Africa, the mountain was very rocky but there were a few forests here and there. I spotted quite a few under rocks so they are plentiful. I am trying to figure out what species it is and at what humidity to keep it. I have also heard that you can overfeed a scorpion and I don't want to find out the hard way.
This scorpion has a very good temperament and looks very cool.
I found this scorpion near a eucalyptus tree and so I took some of the eucalyptus leaves to put in its terrarium, I also put some of the leaves in my tarantula terrarium. After three days the cages smell fresh and minty( the tarantula cage used to smell bad)
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PostSubject: Re: Identification   10/22/2009, 5:44 am

Are the brown colourings mud, or is it actually mottled brown?
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PostSubject: Re: Identification   10/22/2009, 1:39 pm

Yes it's mud the scorpion is pure black.
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PostSubject: Re: Identification   10/22/2009, 3:01 pm

p.imperator?

Idea

regards sam
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PostSubject: Re: Identification   10/22/2009, 3:27 pm

Not sure... It's not P.imp, look at the shape of the chela.

Hmmm.. I was thinking het. sp but i'm not sure.

One of the moderators will probs be able to help. Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Identification   10/22/2009, 5:19 pm

Hmm, the claws do look a little different from P. imp. I am not sure either...
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PostSubject: Re: Identification   10/22/2009, 5:27 pm

could you get a closer look at the chelae please?

thanks sam
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PostSubject: Re: Identification   10/22/2009, 7:18 pm

looks like a juvenile from that shot, need a shot of it stretched out. If it actually is a juvi like i think it is, it could be one of a number of species as alot of 2i/3i look alike. But purely from your locality info and the limited look at it i would have to purely guess Lisposoma elegans or something of that sort. Again would need a better pic plus a juvi doesn't usually have a 100% ID from most.
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PostSubject: Re: Identification   10/22/2009, 11:52 pm

Emps live in west Africa (the region) not South Africa (the country). At first guess I'd wager some sort of Opistophthalmus sp.. Most of the pics I turn up are golden-colored but a few are darker like this.

Probably going to need a clearer picture in any case.

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PostSubject: Re: Identification   10/23/2009, 6:05 am

I will try to take a better picture when the fellow appears again. It is definitely a juvenile . I was thinking maybe a Hadogenes.
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PostSubject: Re: Identification   10/23/2009, 6:30 am

Okay I have taken a bit better picture(I hope) the problem is that my camera is not made to focus so near.
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PostSubject: Re: Identification   10/23/2009, 12:34 pm

Mr. Mordax wrote:
At first guess I'd wager some sort of Opistophthalmus sp..
i agree from the second pic, but what do i know lol! Razz
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PostSubject: Re: Identification   10/23/2009, 12:55 pm

Opisthacanthus are also from South Africa, from pictures I have seen they kinda look like Opistophthalmus just darker.
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PostSubject: Re: Identification   10/23/2009, 2:21 pm

Opistophthalmus got longer metasoma's but the looks of it

But i would put my money on Opistophthalmus sp.

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PostSubject: Re: Identification   10/24/2009, 1:57 pm

My memory of genera spelling is not that great, then -- I tried googling something along the lines of Opistophthalmus and it came back with

Did you mean Opisthacanthus?

So I thought I was just remembering one genus wrong when I was actually looking in the right direction and Google steered me away. Razz

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PostSubject: Re: Identification   10/24/2009, 6:29 pm

unfortunately without a cleaner scorpion and some closer or more detailed pictures all guesses at this point are little more than that. i feel comfortable as placing it either as an opistocanthus or opistothalmus, but i cant even say which of the two genera it is from the pics.



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PostSubject: Re: Identification   10/24/2009, 6:44 pm

It's most definitely Opisthacanthus sp.. Give me a more precise locale of where you found the scorp and I'll give you a more accurate species. It's arboreal so give it some climbing surface and humidity of about 85%.
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