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Dictator Scorpion vs Emperor Scorpion?

Discussion in 'Scorpions' started by PhilMcWonder, Nov 19, 2018.

  1. PhilMcWonder

    PhilMcWonder Arachnoknight

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    What are the major differences between Pandinus dictator (Dictator Scorpion) and Pandinus imperator (Emperor Scorpion)???
     
  2. Tangled

    Tangled Arachnopeon

  3. PhilMcWonder

    PhilMcWonder Arachnoknight

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    That answers SOME of my questions... But I want to know more about dictator scorpions.
     
  4. Tangled

    Tangled Arachnopeon

    Do you have specific questions or concerns? I've had Emperors for a year, but dictators for only 1 wk. Visually they are very similar. The dictators I got are a bit faster with there movements which makes them seem aggressive, but they, like emperors seem to prefer to push me, or food items away with their claws rather than trying to sting. Care is essentially the same for both species, or at least I have them houses similarly, planted vivarium with hides/tunnels for humidity. A heat pad to one side for warm should they required more than room temp.
     
  5. PhilMcWonder

    PhilMcWonder Arachnoknight

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    Care requirements and needs I guess would be a good start. Plus i hear most dictator scorpions are a bluish color versus the solid black emperors.
     
  6. PhilMcWonder

    PhilMcWonder Arachnoknight

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    They are okay with normal cocofiber right?
     
  7. Dylan Keife

    Dylan Keife Arachnopeon

    I saw your other posts. What you have is Pandinus imperator. There are several identifying features for dictator, most noticeably their entire exoskeleton is covered in a light granulation, whereas imperator is only granulated on its claws. They also have a slightly different shaped claw with several horizontal granulated ridge lines running across the lower front half of the claw, imperator lacks these rides and has finer more even claw granulation. Thier posterior carapace shape is also different than imperator. To find true dictator you must get them from a private breeder, no pet store or retailer carries actual dictator.
     
  8. Gypsyfloret

    Gypsyfloret Arachnopeon

    Hi Dylan,
    I’m new and I’ve been reading all the information I can on determining the genus of my scorpion. It looks like you’re the right person to ask. I have attached a photo, and as my Pandinus has granulation over the entire exoskeleton, and I’m not sure about the claws as the scorpion recently molted before I purchased it. I’m thinking it’s a male because of the large pecten, yet the operculum is heart shaped. I did not purchase this little guy from a pet shop, or breeder. I actually picked him up at an exotic pet store where I used to purchase hard to find fish when I had a 300+ gallon tank. I was told it is an Pandinus Imperor yet any indication either way would be greatly appreciated. The water on the tank is because I had misted water to unstick his poo, he didn’t approve.
     

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