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California Common Scorpion

Paruroctonus silvestrii

Description:

Scorpion of some kind

Notes:

Found in a bathroom, transferred to the outdoors. ;-)

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20 Comments

Kari would be a VERY valuable asset to Project Noah.

KariMcWest
KariMcWest 8 years ago

As soon as I figure this thing out =)

Jellis
Jellis 8 years ago

Cool. Nice info. So are you going to add some spottings?

KariMcWest
KariMcWest 8 years ago

check out one of the projects I'm involved in, http://scorpion.amnh.org, and http://vaejovidae.com. I am also a native fish enthusiast.

KariMcWest
KariMcWest 8 years ago

Hi, Jellis, Terri is a friend of mine, and I stumbled onto ProjectNoah because she replied to one of her friends' facebook post about this scorpion, with a link to here provided. I wanted to add my comments, so I joined, and it seems to be a really cool project! I have been a contributing editor/member to bugguide.net for over 10 years, too. I try to ensure all of the scorpions on that site are correct. I have published a few scorpion research papers and am working several more. As with anyone, I still have tons to learn! Even though I've been active in scorpion systematics for over 30 years =)

Jellis
Jellis 8 years ago

@TerriDuMonteMillard the link is a dead in.
Thanks Kari, but why don't you have any spottings on here? I wouldn't have know you were an expert without you telling me.

Jellis
Jellis 8 years ago

No worries Thank you for the PM

KariMcWest
KariMcWest 8 years ago

=)

Kari knows just a tiny bit about scorpions!! ;)
http://us.mg5.mail.yahoo.com/neo/launch?...

jumekubo
jumekubo 8 years ago

The other thing to note is that I believe this was a young one, so maybe that adds to the transparent (light) appearance? Again, thanks all. @KariMcWest, I am going to label this one officially now.

KariMcWest
KariMcWest 8 years ago

I am an expert, look me up ;0)

Jellis
Jellis 8 years ago

I guess we need an expert to let us know. The Paruroctonus silvestrii still looks to dark to me but you could be right.

jumekubo
jumekubo 8 years ago

Thanks everyone! This has been very informative for me. ;-)

KariMcWest
KariMcWest 8 years ago

This one is definitely Paruroctonus silvestrii. Serradigitus gertschi has long, slender fingers that terminate in an enlarged clawlike denticle, and are quite small, only to about 20-25mm. Buthus occitanus is in the Mediterranean region in Europe and North Africa. Centruroides sculpturatus, the Arizona bark scorpion, does not occur in that part of Califfornia, it too has long, slender hands and fingers. =)

Jellis
Jellis 8 years ago

The most common scorpions found in the southwestern United States are the Bark scorpion, the Arizona hairy scorpion, and the stripedtail scorpion.

Jellis
Jellis 8 years ago

@Jumekubo the Sawtooth is not very transluscent as the one in the spot
@AndrésHernández this is California. The Yellow is not native to the US

jumekubo
jumekubo 8 years ago

Now I'm thinking Serradigitus gertschi after reading some boards

KakyoinNoriaki
KakyoinNoriaki 8 years ago

cool!!!

jumekubo
jumekubo 8 years ago

Thank you Jellis!

Jellis
Jellis 8 years ago

With only one image it's hard to tell but to me it looks like a
Arizona Hairy Scorpion - Hadrurus arizonesis
because of the faint stripes on the pincers.
The Stripe tailed has bigger rounded pinchers so it doesn't match, and Bark scorpion looks more yellow-orange and thinner and longer pinchers. http://www.desertusa.com/oct96/du_scorpi...

jumekubo
Spotted by
jumekubo

L.A., California, USA

Spotted on Sep 19, 2012
Submitted on Oct 13, 2012

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