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PostSubject: Pandinus imperator? (pics)    8/9/2011, 5:48 am

This scorpion is the arachnid that began my current collection. I got as a gift a few years ago. It was sold as a female Pandinus imperator. It was solid black with a reddish colored telson. The telson grew darker after the first molt it had with me. This 2nd molt has me very puzzled. The telson has lightened considerably and it claws are brown to red, no longer a dark black. I thought at first it was still not hardened yet but it has been a month now and the claws and telson are still very light. I thought maybe it is instead a P. cavimanus but its claws are not as light or smooth as P. cavimanus ive seen. Do i have a strange color morph P. imperitor or is it in fact some other scorp?





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PostSubject: Re: Pandinus imperator? (pics)    8/9/2011, 12:45 pm

That's a beauty! Looks like a red claw/emp hybrid.

Is it very defensive, or fairly easy to handle?
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PostSubject: Re: Pandinus imperator? (pics)    8/9/2011, 1:01 pm

I say P. cavimanus you happen to get a rare one with such a gorgeous shade. She's beautiful man congrats on that. The chlea is bumpy though.

Perhaps Pandinus Viatoris.


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PostSubject: Re: Pandinus imperator? (pics)    8/9/2011, 1:04 pm

I second Bedlam, def not an Imperator or else the palps would be black. Beautiful scorp bro!
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PostSubject: Re: Pandinus imperator? (pics)    8/9/2011, 3:13 pm

Female cavimanus or an exitialis.

Legs aren't light colored but it has the exact coloration otherwise of a Pandinus exitialis, has lighter coloration than a cavimanus but the lower half of one.

Unless it's the flash, mind taking one of it without a flash but with just a lamp over it?

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Not a viatoris, chelae aren't elongated enough, those have longer chelae almost like a bumpy version of an H. spinifer.
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PostSubject: Re: Pandinus imperator? (pics)    8/9/2011, 3:51 pm

Thanks for the input Chrome. I'll remember that. I agree with Chrome. I believe were looking at a Pandinus Exitialis.
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PostSubject: Re: Pandinus imperator? (pics)    8/12/2011, 7:44 am

Kweegwin wrote:
That's a beauty! Looks like a red claw/emp hybrid.

Is it very defensive, or fairly easy to handle?

is that even possible? it is very skittish, will raise its claws at you but would much rather run from you than put up a fight. i dont try to handle it as it is inclined to run off my hand trying to escape me. it is hard to keep it still while handling it
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PostSubject: Re: Pandinus imperator? (pics)    8/12/2011, 9:40 am

Best thing to do then is save the handling for if he calms down. I would trust Chrome's judgement and say he is Pandinus Exitialis.
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PostSubject: Re: Pandinus imperator? (pics)    8/13/2011, 7:31 pm

looks like the exit.beautiful.kinda like an imperator with boxing gloves on.
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PostSubject: Re: Pandinus imperator? (pics)    8/13/2011, 9:30 pm

Wow! That is a beautiful scorp
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PostSubject: Re: Pandinus imperator? (pics)    8/14/2011, 6:30 am

all the pics of Pandinus exitialis ive seen have light colored legs, mine has black legs and only light claws. i dont think it is exitialis
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PostSubject: Re: Pandinus imperator? (pics)    8/14/2011, 2:36 pm

That's the part that confused me, which is why I gave the two ID's.
The thing is that I have seen P. exitialis with darker legs, light brown bodies, and darker chelae, which is the strong reason why i'm leaning more heavily towards that one. I just don't know of any other species of scorpion that looks like that, even the telson is the one of an exitialis.
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PostSubject: Re: Pandinus imperator? (pics)    8/14/2011, 3:51 pm

got to agree with chrome.... I think its exitialis too... maybe a weird color morph.. but scorpions know lots of differences within the same family.. so i wouldnt be surprised.
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PostSubject: Re: Pandinus imperator? (pics)    8/15/2011, 4:28 pm

well until the scorp tells me what it really is im going with Pandinus exitialis since that seems to be the common theory. thanks for the help everyone!
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PostSubject: Re: Pandinus imperator? (pics)    8/15/2011, 4:54 pm

P. gregoryi? Is it rather small?


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