Help! Scolopendra eggs

danread

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Wow, those pictures are excellent Incubu5, especially the second one. Using moss as a background looks a lot better than just peat or soil. Feel free to post more pictures, good pede pics always go down well in this forum :)

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Many thanks to Steven and Dan for the compliments. If i might add, both of you take extremely nice pictures too. :) Adding moss to the background does spice up the picture quite abit, it's a shame i can't get the coloured variety around here.

Here's a few more of the same pede. Sorry steven but you've seen most of them already. ;P







 

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Those are defintely the best macro photos i've seen of scolopendra. If you don't mind me asking, what camera are you using? Is that the full screen shot in the last photo, or have you enlarged the cental portion of a photo you took? My camera has got a good macro, but i dont think i can get that close, the lens blocks out all the light once you get so close.
 
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danread said:
Those are defintely the best macro photos i've seen of scolopendra. If you don't mind me asking, what camera are you using? Is that the full screen shot in the last photo, or have you enlarged the cental portion of a photo you took? My camera has got a good macro, but i dont think i can get that close, the lense blocks out all the light once you get so close.
@ Steven: Hahaha how did you figure that one out eh mate? Spoiler! ;P ;P ;P

@ Dan: Thanks. The camera is Nikon D70 coupled with a Nikkor Micro 60mm lens, this allows me to get a 1:1 aspect ratio of the subject. The last picture was slightly cropped to get rid of the dark area at the base of the picture caused by the lens blocking out some of the flash. I could go closer but i would have to supplement the subject with more lighting.
Btw, really nice lighting on the Mau Chai pictures, been wanting to shoot outdoors lately but somehow never could find the time to. What camera are you using?

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Your third pic, the greenish one from Tanzania is almost certainly S.morsitans. The antenna segmentation and the dent in the last tergite are visible enough in that photo to be relatively sure.
Good luck on your next hatchout!
 

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Incubu5 said:
What camera are you using?
Hi Incubu5,

I'm using a Olympus C-5050z, its a pretty good camera, 5mp, and the macro is ok. I don't have an external flash, so i have to rely on natural light to get good macro pics. I would like to invest in a bit more kit at some point, such as an external or ring flash. It's a bit annoying being limited to waiting for a sunny day to get good photos, especially if you live in the UK!

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MantidAssassins said:
Your third pic, the greenish one from Tanzania is almost certainly S.morsitans. The antenna segmentation and the dent in the last tergite are visible enough in that photo to be relatively sure.
Good luck on your next hatchout!
Thanks for the info! Pede identification is still difficult for a relative newbie like me. I heard that S.morsitans is also widely distributed and has many different colour forms too? Also, how big would it likely reach? I guess not anywhere near subspinipes, but I'm just curious. Thanks again :)
 

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Pede IDs are tough for most anyone, that's just an easier species to pick out because of the dent on the terminal tergite. I haven't seen much variety in S.morsitans color though I've seen some strange pedes labeled as that species but obviously not. 100mm.
 

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that's just an easier species to pick out because of the dent on the terminal tergite.
the "dent" in the last tergite isn't that typical for morsitans :? is it ?
i've seen several other scolopendromorphs with that "dent",... who aren't even in the scolopendra-genus!
 

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danread said:
Hi Incubu5,

I'm using a Olympus C-5050z, its a pretty good camera, 5mp, and the macro is ok. I don't have an external flash, so i have to rely on natural light to get good macro pics. I would like to invest in a bit more kit at some point, such as an external or ring flash. It's a bit annoying being limited to waiting for a sunny day to get good photos, especially if you live in the UK!

Cheers,
Hey,

That is a good camera indeed, the nikon coolpix series just doesn't cut it, at what iso, shutterspeed and f - stop do you normally shoot your macro pictures at? I've found it extremely troublesome to get pictures with minimum depth of field indoors with poor lighting. Shaky hands don't help much either. ;P

Hmm, have you tried placing a piece of tissue paper over the inbuilt flash to diffuse the harshness? If you're looking to invest in some additional kit i would recommend a ring flash if you mostly intend to take macro shots, otherwise i suppose a external flash with an omni bounce would suffice. Hope it helps. :)
 

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Check back on the previous post, it also has to do with the antennae. I also took into account the prefemora, collection location, etc.
I haven't seen other centipedes with a dent like that but I'm sure there are some. Do you have a photo? Hemiscolopendra and certain Scolopendra have a ring furrow, doesn't mean you'll confuse H.marginata with S.gigantea.
I'll assume you are just taking things out of context to be annoying.

Either way, yours is a moot point since that photo is S.morsitans.

Still, post photos of the genera you speak of if you got em... go ahead and post you never took any pics and killed the pedes if that's your alternate explanation.

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the "dent" in the last tergite isn't that typical for morsitans :? is it ?
i've seen several other scolopendromorphs with that "dent",... who aren't even in the scolopendra-genus!
 

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MantidAssassins said:
Check back on the previous post, it also has to do with the antennae. I also took into account the prefemora, collection location, etc.
I haven't seen other centipedes with a dent like that but I'm sure there are some. Do you have a photo? Hemiscolopendra and certain Scolopendra have a ring furrow, doesn't mean you'll confuse H.marginata with S.gigantea.
I'll assume you are just taking things out of context to be annoying.

Either way, yours is a moot point since that photo is S.morsitans.

Still, post photos of the genera you speak of if you got em... go ahead and post you never took any pics and killed the pedes if that's your alternate explanation.
yeah right,... :mad:
sorry if i've annoyed you,... i haven't read the part where you pointed out the antenna's and prefemur,... sorry about that.

but saying:
that photo is S.morsitans
:?
mmmm,.... there are several keys to ID you simply can't see on that picture.
like the underside of the prefemora, tarsalsporn (the spines underneath the leggs,... don't now the Englisch version), coxopleurenforsatz (the part underneath the last tergite.) etc...

and i'll do a search on pictures of the specie with "dents" in the last tergite.
 

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You might sound smart to someone who owns no books but your points are NOT based on the description of that species, the surface to check on the preforma is the dorsal, not ventral, your second and third references aren't at all specific to that species (the answer being sternite).
How is your photo search coming along??? If you're not 'full of it' you should have something by now.
gongyles said:
mmmm,.... there are several keys to ID you simply can't see on that picture.
like the underside of the prefemora, tarsalsporn (the spines underneath the leggs,... don't now the Englisch version), coxopleurenforsatz (the part underneath the last tergite.) etc...

and i'll do a search on pictures of the specie with "dents" in the last tergite.
 

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antenna - singular
antennae - plural
antenna's - singular possessive
species -singular and plural
 

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MantidAssassins said:
I'll assume you are just taking things out of context to be annoying.
MantidAssassins,

will you stop being so aggressive? There is no need to attack someone if their opinion differs from yours. Grow up. This is a board for discussion about centipedes, who cares of we aren't all right all of the time? Steven knows a lot more than most of us and is willing to share it in a friendly way. unlike you. To start trying to pick apart his english is really petty. If you can't take part in a discussion without attacking people, go away.
 

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MantidAssassins said:
You might sound smart to someone who owns no books but your points are NOT based on the description of that species, the surface to check on the preforma is the dorsal, not ventral, your second and third references aren't at all specific to that species (the answer being sternite).
How is your photo search coming along??? If you're not 'full of it' you should have something by now.
i'm using Attems book Scolopendromorpha to ID,...
if you have it,... go to page 24 and look at the 2 illustrations fig 38 and fig 39
and while you're at it,... translate the entire page that describes the specie morsitans for your Englisch speaking friends,... will you ?

what books are you using ?
instead of giving comments etc...
you could share your resources on publications and books for your fellow american scolopendra-keepers :?

and in case you haven't noticed i'm not Englisch speaking,...
zullen we verder praten in Nederlands of Duits of Frans ? :mad:
 

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gongyles said:
and in case you haven't noticed i'm not Englisch speaking,...
:mad:
If you're going to continue to post in English you should make a tiny bit of effort to get the spelling right for the animals--especially as you are so quick to critique others.

Pill

You still interested in buying some of the Platymeris "mombo"?
 

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Dudes...
What the Hell? Are you like 6 years old or something? This is a good natured forum and most often devoid of any bickering. By making remarks like the last ones you just sound very foolish. You also bring down the entier caliber of the forum. Steven is at least bi-lingual, unlike most very dull witted English speaking people. If he makes a grammatical error from time to time you should shut the Hell up and realize it is not his first language. Also the books he references are sometimes 100 years old. Do you think things may not change over time, or be corrected?
I just do not like reading this kind of bull, especially when it is all together unnessarry. :mad:
"I mean....come on." Jimmy, South Park
 
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