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Qs on Jayakari & Salei classification

Discussion in 'Scorpions' started by THR, Jul 9, 2018.

  1. THR

    THR Arachnosquire

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    The characteristic of Hottentotta jayakari is unanimous. Their pedipalps are dark and has a gradual coloration change from the femur to finger. Also their metasoma is extensively dark, about three sections is almost completely dark.
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    But I comprehended that Hottentotta salei was once Jayakari's subspecies, AKA, Hottentotta jayakari salei.
    A standardized salei only has the last two sections of metasoma are dark. And their entire coloration is relatively bright. Their pedipalps are bright as well.
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    Yet some morphs have relatively dark pedipalps, but the dark coloration only restricted on their claws.
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    So I wondering is this a individual difference or does that make it a hybrid with jayakari?
     
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  2. brandontmyers

    brandontmyers Arachnoangel Old Timer

    On H. salei from Lowe, G. 2010. Two new species of HottentottaBirula, 1908 (Scorpiones: Buthidae) from northern Oman. Euscorpius, 103: 1−23.

    COMMENTS. The metasoma is much less hirsute than the pedipalps, but is more hirsute than in the sister species H. jayakari. This species was originally described as a subspecies of H. jayakari, however the distributions of the two taxons overlap and the species are easily separated by color.
     
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  3. THR

    THR Arachnosquire

    So what about salei's different claw colorations ?
     
  4. brandontmyers

    brandontmyers Arachnoangel Old Timer

    Polymorphism is very common in scorpions. Chela (claw) color is usually not a determining factor in the taxonomy, unless it is coupled with other differences.
     
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  5. THR

    THR Arachnosquire

    Can the salei have posterities with jayakari ?What caused the difference of chela colors ?Or maybe it's just the same with other species' color variations, like androctonus australis. I previously thought that maybe the dark ones are the hybrids.