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Discussion in 'Scorpions' started by Pyronaut451, Nov 10, 2008.

  1. Pyronaut451

    Pyronaut451 Arachnopeon

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    Sorry if there's a thread for this sort of thing already. Anyway, there are some fairly common bright blue scorpions about 3-4 inches in length with small claws. I've only seen them in parts of South Florida/Miami. I was wondering if anyone knew anything of this species as I have not been able to find an info on this species anywhere online. I was wondering if anyone thinks they know what type of scorpion this is?
     
  2. InfestedGoat

    InfestedGoat Arachnobaron Old Timer

    I think your going to need to post a pic. Maybe some experienced keeper can guess though.
     
  3. calum

    calum Arachnoprince

    Bright blue?


    have you actually sen them with your own eyes or just from pictures?


    "bright blue" sounds like you've seen a scorp under black light.
     
  4. calum

    calum Arachnoprince

    Centruroides gracilis
    Centruroides guanensis
    Centruroides hentzi
    Isometrus maculatus

    I'm not sure, but I think these are the only scorpion species present in Florida.
     
  5. What about a whip scorpion (Mastigoproctus giganteus), they could seem sorta blue and are in Florida
     
  6. Kugellager

    Kugellager ArachnoJester Arachnosupporter

    I.maculatus has not been seen in Florida since it was original reported there.

    Need a photo to tell what species it is...'blue' does sound like it was under a black light.

    John
    ];')
     
  7. Pyronaut451

    Pyronaut451 Arachnopeon

    I have seen them with my own eyes doing yard work. It definitely was bright blue, whether that was a color variation due to weather or a strange diet in the area, or a seasonal color, I do not know. They sting alot though, and people in the area are familiar with them. Extremely painful sting is what I have heard. Next time I'm back in Miami I'll try to get a pic.
     
  8. Pyronaut451

    Pyronaut451 Arachnopeon

    Actually looking at pictures it may be an especially large and bright centruroides gracilis... Much bluer than the pictures I see but other than that spot on.
     
  9. Kugellager

    Kugellager ArachnoJester Arachnosupporter

    Take a decent photo of one and put it up here.

    Should be easy to ID.

    There are only 3 realistic choices for it to be anyway. Centruroides hentzi, Centruroides guanensis and Centruroides gracilis. There may be instances of C.vittatus in the panhandle and possibly Vaejovis carolinianus near the Georgia border. C.hentzi and C.guanensis look very similar.

    Check the photos in the gallery here:
    http://www.ub.ntnu.no/scorpion-files/gallery.php

    John
    ];')
     
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