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California Swollenstinger Scorpion

Anuroctonus pococki


There were 5 of this species along a 1/2 mile path at night. It is a stout-looking scorpion compared to other species I had seen. I was leading a group of young citizen scientists to a lit area for insect collecting-identification-release. The thorax, stinger and pincers are bulbous.


Pathway separating Oak woodland and Coast Safe Scrub at night in a Riparian (but dried up) habitat.


iPhone spotting

1 Species ID Suggestions

Black-clawed Scorpion
Anuroctonus phaiodactylus Anuroctonus phaiodactylus (Wood, 1863)

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JenKnight 7 years ago

Love the blacklight shot

JoshuaGSmith 7 years ago

I do that to scorpions with the blacklight as well.

I do too! Luckily one of the guests had a black light that we were able to use on the hike :)

Wow,i love those UV ligth spottings,congrats and thanks for sharing

Poway, California, USA

Spotted on Aug 9, 2014
Submitted on Aug 10, 2014

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