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Bark scorpion

Centruroides sp

Description:

huge scorpion, nearly 10cm (3.5inches) spotted with UV light, second photo under LED light

Habitat:

desert, rocky, dry

Notes:

I spent 3 days camping in the Tatacoa desert in southern Colombia. Was an amazing place. Two nights I went out scorpion hunting with my UV light and spotted 7 scorpions the first night and 3 the second. I didn´t go out as long on the second night. These were all within a 5 minute walk of my tent. I have many more photos of them but they internet is fairly slow here, so I am only uploading these 2 for now.

2 species ID suggestions

Centruroides sp.
Centruroides sp.
Fluorecent Scorpion
hottentota sp.

48 Comments (1–25)

dandoucette
dandoucette 5 years ago

That's for sure JoAnne! Thanks dave, I've updated.

skinheaddave
skinheaddave 5 years ago

Just saw the second ID suggestion. Wrong side of the world to be Hottentota.

JoAnneDavis
JoAnneDavis 5 years ago

Don't leave your tent unzipped LOL!

dandoucette
dandoucette 6 years ago

Thanks Carol, they are coming soon!

Carol Snow Milne
Carol Snow Milne 6 years ago

Great spot Dan! Can't wait to see all your other spots from your adventure.

dandoucette
dandoucette 6 years ago

Thanks Dixie, better late than never!

Dixie
Dixie 6 years ago

I missed this one. It's amazing!

dandoucette
dandoucette 6 years ago

Wow! Thanks everyone for all the amazing and supportive comments.I was offline climbing a volcano for a few days and this was a great surprise to come back to. I´m going to look into the suggested ID´s later but I think you´re on the right track skinheaddave.

mauna Kunzah
mauna Kunzah 6 years ago

Dan the man strikes again...

skinheaddave
skinheaddave 6 years ago

I've suggested Centruroides sp. as an ID. Both C.margaritatus and C.gracilis range into Columbia but both are polymorphic and are very close in appearance. The entire genus is a bit of a mess and under constant revision. The other option would be Tityus sp., though I would lean towards Centruroides on a G.I.S. basis. If you want to tell for sure then it looks like you likely have the relevant details in your images. Assuming you have a high enough resolution on your camera you should be able to see the cutting surface of the chela. It will have a set of rows of denticles like lines slashed across the surface (http://eycb.pagesperso-orange.fr/scorpio...). Centruroides have substantially fewer than Tityus. I can't recall the exact numbers off-hand but that would be the place to look to nail down genus for sure.

Carol Milne
Carol Milne 6 years ago

Excellent! And congratulations on spot of the day! Sorry I missed it!

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 6 years ago

Awesome spotting, Dan. Congratulations on your spotting of the day!

BrendanSmith
BrendanSmith 6 years ago

Very cool Dan, congrats!

Jellyfishnebula
Jellyfishnebula 6 years ago

Wow that's epic!

Dan my friend that a super cool spotting,the first photo is very unusual,and it's a great idea to show this amazing Fluorecent Scorpion,in his nigth show:-) congrats again for one more SOTD,good luck for your epic journy .-)

LeanneGardner
LeanneGardner 6 years ago

This is great! Congrats Dan :)

Fyn  Kynd
Fyn Kynd 6 years ago

Awesome spot! Congrats!

LaurenZarate
LaurenZarate 6 years ago

Congratulations Dan! I didn't know scorpions glowed under UV light. Very cool.

Awesome Dan!
A very well deserved spotting!

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 6 years ago

Congratulations Dan very cool spot :)

LarryGraziano
LarryGraziano 6 years ago

Another great one Dan!

EsterGarcía
EsterGarcía 6 years ago

wow!!!!awesome

adrika.2612
adrika.2612 6 years ago

brilliant contrast of colours!

Wow, just wow!!!!

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 6 years ago

Awesome Dan! Congrats!

Huila, Colombia

Lat: 3.04, Long: -75.22

Spotted on Dec 29, 2012
Submitted on Jan 13, 2013

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