Identification please

slimtim454

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These two were sold to me as Emperor scorpions. I believe they are Heterometrus spinifer, but I want a second opinion.



 

Ryan C.

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Hey Tim,

These are indeed a Heterometrus sp. but for an ID we'll need clearer pictures of the carapace.


Cheers,
Ryan
 

Mr. Mordax

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The pedipalps have a different shape than my H. spinifer . . . I'd tenatively say . . .H. laoticus? I had one last fall for a while.

Here's my laoticus for a comparison shot.
 

Galapoheros

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That'd be my guess too, laoticus. I've got few right now, ...smooth carapace, kind of small compared to an Emperor with oversized looking chela? Don't know for sure of course without a better pic. I've had these a while. They don't seem to dig much but love to get under things.
 

BadBikaDamo

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Another vote for H. laoticus here, defining characteristics, extremley smooth carapace, very dark telson etc....a good looking one at that, very chunky.

Damo
 

tabor

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It's not Laoticus... not matt in color :)
 

tabor

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You sure? My laoticus looked pretty glossy.
Then it's not a laoticus? :)


I have over 15, all look very dull in color..not glossy at all... would help to get better pictures though.


Edit: I got them from someone who has owned laoticus for over 9 years so I know the ID is correct
 

Galapoheros

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Hello Iheart. The carapace still reflects light pretty well so it might be hard to notice if it wasn't pointed out to somebody. I thought they were shiney when I first saw mine and only just a little dirty. They just wouldn't clean up:?! Turned out to be matte, like a real light powder coating, and lacking granulation which would also allow more light reflection off the slight matte finish, and so might cause someone to over-look the matte carapace. I don't think I would've noticed it if I didn't read it somewhere.
 

drapion

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I'm going with H.petersii on this..But thats what I think by looking at the chela!! Get a clear close pic of the carapace and I can ID it for you..
 
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