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[Discussion] Androctonus spp.

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Topic Re: [Discussion] Androctonus spp.

Post by Testosterosaurus on Wed Jun 26, 2013 6:04 pm

Hi guys,

today I get a real captive breed litter of Androctonus finitimus from Hyderabad, Pakistan(Thar desert)
The parents were grown up in captivity & now they reproduce successfully.

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Post by ahxean on Wed Jun 26, 2013 7:15 pm

What a cool species you got there!
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Topic Re: [Discussion] Androctonus spp.

Post by DolbyR on Wed Jun 26, 2013 8:22 pm

Congratz Carlos! That's a great achievement and a step towards getting these in the hobby.

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Topic Re: [Discussion] Androctonus spp.

Post by ahxean on Tue Jul 02, 2013 1:27 pm

Does anyone know what is the white part? This is an Androctonus Mauretanicus 5instar male.
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Topic Re: [Discussion] Androctonus spp.

Post by Mr.Invert on Tue Jul 02, 2013 9:26 pm

From what I can make out from the picture, it does not seem like a bacteria infection...

Is it dented inwards or something?

And is the scorpion eating regularly and active?
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Topic Re: [Discussion] Androctonus spp.

Post by ahxean on Wed Jul 03, 2013 4:17 am

Mr.Rolando Teruel has commented some information about the triangular whitish part, please refer to the link below(if posting a link here is allowed).
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151576964143423&set=gm.488169051266041&type=1&theater
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Topic Re: [Discussion] Androctonus spp.

Post by DolbyR on Wed Jul 03, 2013 11:00 am

As these posts in facebook sometimes may be deleted, and not everybody has access, I'm copying it here for future reference:

Dr. Rolando Teruel @ Facebook, July 2013 wrote:

Juan Xean, if you are referring to the whitish triangular patch on the sternite V (this is the formal name of the third ventral plate of the scorpion abdomen), it is nothing to worry of. It is a supposedly glandular structure many scorpions have (mostly males), and it is a normal part of their body. It is called "smooth patch" or "whitish patch", by the way.


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Topic Re: [Discussion] Androctonus spp.

Post by ahxean on Thu Jul 04, 2013 3:51 pm

Thanks DolbyR
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Topic Re: [Discussion] Androctonus spp.

Post by Mr.Invert on Sun Jul 07, 2013 4:14 pm

Thanks for posting info here for direct sharing, DolbyR Wink
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Topic Re: [Discussion] Androctonus spp.

Post by ahxean on Fri Aug 02, 2013 7:21 pm

Hi, I would like to know is there a way to easily differentiate Androctonus bicolor, crassicauda, and mauritanicus? These 3 species are looking so familiar. 

Furthermore, i have A.bicolor from two countries, and the colouration is so different. One has a very dark black color and the other one has a shallow black color.
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Topic Re: [Discussion] Androctonus spp.

Post by GS on Sat Aug 03, 2013 5:36 am

They do look similar. They are usually easily identifiable at adulthood, or at least, after 4/5.instar. I'll try to put up some comparative pictures shortly.

Yes, there can be some variation in color morphs among, A.bicolor. I believe you have seen the "chocolate one"?

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Topic Re: [Discussion] Androctonus spp.

Post by DolbyR on Sat Aug 03, 2013 6:24 am

GS wrote:Yes, there can be some variation in color morphs among, A.bicolor. I believe you have seen the "chocolate one"?

 +1

Also there is the "aeneas" ones that is slightly smaller very glossy black.

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Topic Re: [Discussion] Androctonus spp.

Post by ahxean on Sat Aug 03, 2013 6:04 pm

GS wrote:They do look similar. They are usually easily identifiable at adulthood, or at least, after 4/5.instar. I'll try to put up some comparative pictures shortly.

Yes, there can be some variation in color morphs among, A.bicolor. I believe you have seen the "chocolate one"?

I haven't seen choco one.. haha too much to see and learn..
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Topic Re: [Discussion] Androctonus spp.

Post by GS on Sun Aug 04, 2013 7:00 am

Androctonous bicolor breeding project vid 1


You can see the color variation of black (on the male) and brownish (on the female).

DolbyR wrote:Also there is the "aeneas" ones that is slightly smaller very glossy black.
+1 Smile

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Topic Re: [Discussion] Androctonus spp.

Post by yames on Mon Aug 05, 2013 3:20 am

That was a truly amazing video. Thanks GS
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Topic Re: [Discussion] Androctonus spp.

Post by GS on Sun Aug 11, 2013 1:29 pm

Thanks Yames!

Some updates coming up for this thread... rendeer 

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Topic Re: [Discussion] Androctonus spp.

Post by GS on Sun Aug 11, 2013 2:10 pm

Gestation month number 12 Sleep  for this Androctonus baluchicus gravid mum What a Face 
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Can you estimate how many "popcorn" would she have, if everything turns out well? Smile

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Topic Re: [Discussion] Androctonus spp.

Post by DolbyR on Wed Aug 14, 2013 7:17 am

My guess goes for 58 Rolling Eyes 

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Topic Re: [Discussion] Androctonus spp.

Post by ShredderEmp on Wed Aug 14, 2013 7:25 am

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Topic Re: [Discussion] Androctonus spp.

Post by ahxean on Sat Aug 17, 2013 7:58 pm

Hi all,
another question recently, how to differentiate all the sub species of Androctonus Australis?

such as AA hector (dark chela and metasoma), AA lybicus, AA tunisia, AA tunisia hector?

Thanks in advance!
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Topic Re: [Discussion] Androctonus spp.

Post by Testosterosaurus on Tue Aug 20, 2013 4:01 pm

Hi Juan,

there is not subspecies presenting in these species.
Vachon(1948 & 1952) grouped A.australis in 3 colormorphs:

dark pincers & metasomasegments 4 & 5 = A.a. "hector"
dark metasomasegments 4 & 5 = A.a. "libycus"
uniformly yellowish = A.a. "australis"

But there ist no "black & wihte" between these morphs. Some populations are more or less darker or rather lighter in these zones.

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Topic Re: [Discussion] Androctonus spp.

Post by ahxean on Tue Aug 20, 2013 4:47 pm

Testosterosaurus wrote:Hi Juan,

there is not subspecies presenting in these species.
Vachon(1948 & 1952) grouped A.australis in 3 colormorphs:

dark pincers & metasomasegments 4 & 5 = A.a. "hector"
dark metasomasegments 4 & 5 = A.a. "libycus"
uniformly yellowish = A.a. "australis"

But there ist no "black & wihte" between these morphs. Some populations are more or less darker or rather lighter in these zones.

Regards,
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Hi,
so you meant that Androctonus australis has 3 colormorphs..

is A.a. "australis" equal to A.a. "Tunisia"?

here is the specimen I had recently, what morph is it? These pictures are taken with and without flash.

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Topic Re: [Discussion] Androctonus spp.

Post by Testosterosaurus on Tue Aug 20, 2013 6:53 pm

I follow valid descriptions & no designed names. But there is a cretain grade of intaspecific variation, in color & shape. Sometimes more bulky or smaller & sometimes slender appearance. It is because of the big distribution based on adaption.
But I think this taxon will be spilt in future. CIBIO works on a genetic study of north african A.spp. & will give further information about this genus.

This is a adult male - from Tunisia, I guess. Uniformly yellow with dimmish pincers.
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Topic Re: [Discussion] Androctonus spp.

Post by yames on Tue Aug 20, 2013 10:49 pm

Very informative Testosterosaurus thanks for the post.
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Topic Re: [Discussion] Androctonus spp.

Post by Testosterosaurus on Wed Oct 30, 2013 3:16 pm

No. 168: Kovařík, F. & Z. Ahmed. 2013. A review of Androctonus finitimus (Pocock, 1897), with description of two new species from Pakistan and India (Scorpiones, Buthidae). Euscorpius, 168: 1−10. (4 October 2013).  
   Download: http://www.science.marshall.edu/fet/euscorpius/p2013_168.pdf
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