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Sexing an Asian Forrest Scorpion

Discussion in 'Scorpions' started by SpaceM, Oct 22, 2018.

  1. SpaceM

    SpaceM Arachnopeon

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    Was wondering if anyone is able help sex my AFS from the pictures below. I've looked at a few images online but still can't decide what it is.

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  2. theDHill

    theDHill Arachnopeon

    I'm not an expert, but it looks like a female to me. Gills appear almost horizontal instead of V shaped, they do not extend beyond the side of the scorpion, the gap between them looks kind of wide-ish, and not to mention it is either obese or it look gravid!!

    Do you know which species of Heterometrus? If so, you can do a count of the gills in some cases, males and females will be different.

    If you're interested, here is a good link for figuring out which Heterometrus species you have...

    http://www.science.marshall.edu/fet/euscorpius/p2004_15.pdf

    *Starting on pg 51 there is an identification key, which helped me definitively deduce mine as H. spinifer

    Good luck!!!;)

    Also, here is a picture of my 100% female H. spinifer to compare with...
     

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  3. beetleman

    beetleman Arachnoking Old Timer

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  4. SpaceM

    SpaceM Arachnopeon

    Thanks for the replies. Took it into a pet shop today, we decided it was a female and I part-exed it for a P.metalica. A little sad to say to see it go but I never saw it anyway and have been wanting a Metallica for a while.
     
  5. The Snark

    The Snark هرج و مرج مهندس Old Timer

    I'm developing a loathing for the term Asian Forest Scorpion. A catch bucket name similar to Pine Tree or Eucalyptus. The bullfeathers naming like 'Laoticus - native to Vietnam' or 'Spinifer - Malaysian Black...'isn't helping and the boundary jumping just makes it worse.
     
  6. Jose Rivera

    Jose Rivera Arachnopeon

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    Definitely a female!