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Dictator Scorpion vs Emperor Scorpion?

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

  1. PhilMcWonder

    PhilMcWonder Arachnosquire Active Member

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

    Tangled Arachnopeon Active Member

  3. PhilMcWonder

    PhilMcWonder Arachnosquire Active Member

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

    Tangled Arachnopeon Active Member

    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 Arachnosquire Active Member

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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 Arachnosquire Active Member

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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.