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Bark scorpion

Centruroides sp


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


desert, rocky, dry


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

skinheaddave 10 years ago
Centruroides sp.
Centruroides sp.
DinDjarin 10 years ago
Fluorecent Scorpion
hottentota sp.

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48 Comments (1–25)

Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 9 years ago

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

skinheaddave 9 years ago

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

Wildifreq 9 years ago

Don't leave your tent unzipped LOL!

Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 9 years ago

Thanks Carol, they are coming soon!

Carol Snow Milne
Carol Snow Milne 9 years ago

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

Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 9 years ago

Thanks Dixie, better late than never!

Dixie 9 years ago

I missed this one. It's amazing!

Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 10 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 10 years ago

Dan the man strikes again...

skinheaddave 10 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 ( 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 10 years ago

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

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 10 years ago

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

BrendanSmith 10 years ago

Very cool Dan, congrats!

Jellyfishnebula 10 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 10 years ago

This is great! Congrats Dan :)

Fyn  Kynd
Fyn Kynd 10 years ago

Awesome spot! Congrats!

LaurenZarate 10 years ago

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

Braulio Rivas Tapia
Braulio Rivas Tapia 10 years ago

Awesome Dan!
A very well deserved spotting!

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 10 years ago

Congratulations Dan very cool spot :)

LarryGraziano 10 years ago

Another great one Dan!

EsterGarcía 10 years ago


adrika.2612 10 years ago

brilliant contrast of colours!

shekainah d. alaban
shekainah d. alaban 10 years ago

Wow, just wow!!!!

DanielePralong 10 years ago

Awesome Dan! Congrats!

Dan Doucette
Spotted by
Dan Doucette

Huila, Colombia

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

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