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    Default Scorpion identification

    Family member just shared this, can anyone identify it please.

    She is in Hermanus.
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    Good morning, that is Uroplectes lineatus, they are mildly venomous, the sting burns for around 10 or so minutes, thrn followed by pins and needles for an hour or so. So they are not dangerous. Think the common name would be a lined or striped lesser thick tailed scorpion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rodwraylva View Post
    Good morning, that is Uroplectes lineatus, they are mildly venomous, the sting burns for around 10 or so minutes, thrn followed by pins and needles for an hour or so. So they are not dangerous. Think the common name would be a lined or striped lesser thick tailed scorpion.
    Lineatus? Is jy seker?

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    I am no expert, but I would think Parabuthus? The lineatus usually have clearly identified "stripes" over the back.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Epinephrine View Post
    I am no expert, but I would think Parabuthus? The lineatus usually have clearly identified "stripes" over the back.
    These do have the block patterns on their backs, maybe just a darker form. No Parabuthus ​species has the block patterns on their backs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jens78 View Post
    These do have the block patterns on their backs, maybe just a darker form. No Parabuthus ​species has the block patterns on their backs.
    Parabuthus het ook nie 'n donker laaste segment van die stert nie. Of so verstaan ek.

    Ek stem saam ook die patrone op die "rug".

    Ek dink dus dit is uroplectes maar nie lineatus nie.

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    The one on the right I Am sure is a Uroplectes Olivaceous, very distinct colouring.

    The one on the left looks remarkably like Uroplectes variegates.

    The problem is that the latter is from an isolated area in the Western Cape and the other from Mpumulanga and Limpopo.

    Where were these observed?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew Leigh View Post
    Where were these observed?
    Hermanus, WC.
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    From what i have learned & experianced the big gribs is not so dangerous and the smaal grips with the thick tail & sting stay away
    Even if it is as small as a 1 Rand coin my wif was stung on the finger & for 3 weeks she had to keep her hand in boiling water just to ease the pain

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    Default Re: Scorpion identification

    Quote Originally Posted by Jens78 View Post
    Hermanus, WC.
    Ok, so I have been going over the pictures more closely, been bugging me.

    The picture on the right is underexposed leading me to believe that the colouring was olive. On a closer examination the one on the right has striations on the on the pincers, as it is for the picture on the left with striations on the caudal segments (tail) as well.

    It is the same scorpion left and right I can now assume. Thought they were two species.

    Both Europlectes Variegates and Europlectes Lineatus have these striations on the pincers and caudal segments, they also both have a darkened last caudal segment.

    A close look on the first photo shoes a row of very faint blocks down the middle of the back. The Lineatus has this single row down the middle while the variegates had multiple smaller blosks.

    So Europlectes Lineatus it is and they will deliver a painful sting, often will strike multiple times.

    Here is a Parabuthus Transvaalicus, note the heavy tail and telson (stinger). Here is Lillith under UV with her 84 offspring.

    Last edited by Andrew Leigh; 2018/12/19 at 07:46 AM.

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