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A new scorpion

Saturday, December 17, 2005 | 0 comments

Today I captured a small scorpion near Otates, Veracruz, Mexico. One species I hadn't seen before, and I consider this specimen a real beauty.

Close-up of the small scorpion from near Otates, Veracruz.
Close-up of the small scorpion from near Otates, Veracruz.

The scorpion is quite small, about just over one inch from head to end of tail. The colors are very nice, and shiny, almost like the scorpion has a layer of varnish. It was hiding under a large boulder close to the dirt road Esme and I were following. In the same area we found also several Centruroides gracilis (Florida bark scorpion), and two Tarantula species.

Close-up of the small scorpion from near Otates, Veracruz.
Close-up of the small scorpion from near Otates, Veracruz.

I know very little about how to identify scorpions. My best guess would be that this scorpion is a Diplocentrus species. I decided to ask the members of the scorpion section of Arachnoboards if they can identify this little scorpion.

Note: the scorpion has been identified as Diplocentrus bereai by Oscar F. Francke.

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