Not Scolopendra Gigantea

Pennywise

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What really happened? On the day I posted my receipt of S. Gigantea
a knowledgable guy pm'd me that If I got the one on Petbugs.com I was
OK but if I bought the one on Kingsnake.com I got the wrong one.

Wow I was relieved, but I had never seen the ad on kingsnake.com and I
thought I had checked there 2 days ago, but well maybe I should check
again. I navigated over there and Poop! It's the same guy. A picture of
the real one on petbugs and Parotostigmus rex on kingsnake.com. I was fit
to be tied. Before I did anything drastic I did some research and found
a few web sites with info on P. Rex. I didn't know it was the only centipede
that you could determine the sex of, Hmm. I wanted notify the dealer that
he was supplying the wrong centipedes and after he had some photos and
info, he conceded that it was the wrong one. We finally came to an
agreement that I would keep the P Rex which I like and get an adjustment
to the original price. Both ads were pulled a couple of days after he realized
the mistake:eek:
 

chyguy

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do you have any pics of what you received ?
cheyenne
 

EMWhite

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I noticed this too... I didn't buy either or, mostly because I saw the KS ad first and knew it was not gigantea at all. Then, a week or so later, a friend contacted me and pointed me in the direction of petbugs.com, where I saw the same ad, from the same seller, with a different pic of an actual gigantea.

I didn't really know what to make of this, other than that either they used the wrong pics for one or the other, or that he got in a mixed group of pedes and had no idea how to tell them apart... Then several people posted, one with a photo, that said they had just received their gigantea. At that, I assumed the seller had just put the P. rex photo up by mistake...

Now though, it seems as though there may not have been any gigantea at all? Strange... Do post pics if you can. Sorry for your disappointment... :/



Evan
 

Quixtar

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The guy who got their S. gigantea presumably got it from a different source. He owns a German site. It must've just been a coincidence that there was an ad on petbugs.com at the same time.
 

KyuZo

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that was a close call for me... he ran out when i wanted to place an order
 

Elytra and Antenna

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Yeagh, $200 for a $25 centipede would be disenchanting. I'm glad I couldn't locate any contact info.
 

chyguy

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here is an image for you all to see that they are not gigantea im not too happy i will be returning these :(
cheyenne
 

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zonbonzovi

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Damn

Yeah, me too. Opened the much anticipated box this morning at work to find:

Parotostigmus rex & Scolopendra hermosa

Two very nice specimens for sure, but not gigantea. The seller, as mentioned, recognizes the mistake and has been forthright about it, thankfully. They are interested in getting some info. to avoid these mistakes in the future. I am more than willing to comply.

For P. rex, the lack of spines on the terminals & collection location of Peru would eliminate any other possibility, yes? (please correct if this is inaccurate)

For S. hermosa, if I recall, the key character is margination being present only on the last tergite, right? The thick body & black-on-red head scream hermosa, but I see margination extending up several tergites from the terminals(scratching head).

Hey Cheyenne, got your message just as I was typing this up;)
 

Pennywise

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I decided to keep the P. Rex. Most of the dealers/sources sell it for
$100.00 including Ken when he has them. I guess the price premium
is due to the fact that they can be paired for breeding. So far mine looks
female. They really hate light of any kind but if determined to feed they
will chase a cricket relentlessly until it tires and they catch it.

Asian pedes I just got in ID please:







 
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krabbelspinne

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For P. rex, the lack of spines on the terminals & collection location of Peru would eliminate any other possibility, yes? (please correct if this is inaccurate)
This is just one character of the subgenus Parotostigmus, but there are different species in Peru.
 

zonbonzovi

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Thanks for the confirmation, Christian:D

Pennywise- your 1st 'pede looks like the de haani's being sold as "Chinese giants". #2 looks vaguely S. multidens.

Although, more analytical heads may have better info.
 
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