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The defination of the Androctonus australis australis

Discussion in 'Scorpions' started by THR, Jul 8, 2018.

  1. THR

    THR Arachnosquire

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    A. australis australis, as the subspecies of A. australis, is the first confirmed valid species. As far as I konw, it was originally defined as a completely yellowish scorpion with no dark areas.
    The AA in the picture below seems AAA to me.
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    Well, my current defination is that, AAA is completely yellow but appears orange in pedipalps and metasoma. Its vesicle is also reddish orange.
     

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  2. THR

    THR Arachnosquire

    While libycus is dark on the end of its metasoma and its "finger" is brownish red or orange red. Usually the female's "hand" is thin.
    Libycus's metasoma is definately black. If only observe an AA's pedipalp and it looks thin and reddish on its finger, it might be a hector if its metasoma is yellow.
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  3. THR

    THR Arachnosquire

    Since the distributions of AAA,AAL,AAH are often overlapped. Some pics are not for sure whether it's pure or hybrid.
    The colorations of the hector varies greatly, especially on its pedipalp and metasoma.
    Darker ones usually known as morocco hector, while brighter ones are known as tunisia hector. But I'm wondering is this defination accurate? Is the darker ones only appear in morocco and the others only in tunisia?
     

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  4. THR

    THR Arachnosquire

    Pedipalps look similar but different in metasoma.
    Libycus and hector.
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  5. THR

    THR Arachnosquire

    Well, the biggest problem is still with the AAA. How to tell a AAA and a AAH apart if the latter one is bright yellow and its finger and vesicle also appear reddish?
    Probably hector:
     

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  6. THR

    THR Arachnosquire

    Bright color morph hector, but fingers are brownish.
     

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  7. THR

    THR Arachnosquire

    Interesting photos of a unknown morph juvenile. You can see its pedipalps are reddish, but its metasoma is brownish. QQ截图20180709032800.png
     
  8. THR

    THR Arachnosquire

    Usually if a hector's pedipalps are relatively dark, so does its metasoma.
    But some may become brighter after it grown up. So is that a hybrid? 20180709033038.png 20180709033050.png
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  9. THR

    THR Arachnosquire

    I'll arrange my Qs here:
    1. How to define a AAA?
    2. How to tell a hybrid?
    3. Is it really true that one distribution only matches one morph? One specific morph only appears in one specific area?
    4. How to classify hector morphs?
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