Small Marbled Scorpion
Small Marbled Scorpion
Marginal Eyes
Small Marbled Scorpion (Lychas sp ES02)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Spiders, Scorpions, Mites & Ticks (Arachnida)
Order: Scorpions (Scorpiones)
Family: Scorpion (Buthidae)     iNaturalist Observation
Species: Small Marbled Scorpion (Lychas sp ES02)
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Thank you Dr Erich Volschenk for confirming the id of this species for us

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
~8mm SVL. Note the "subaculear spine". Plus the 3 eyes lower down on the anterior margin (highlighted in the uv shot).
Dr Erich Volschenk said "This one looks like a member of the L. jonesae group, but probably not 'true' jonesae." He clarified further by saying "Our studies to date (using DNA) indicate that L. jonesae is a complex with several species. We've focussed on the WA species so far, including specimens from the type locality. With this variation I'm cautious about the SA ones being the same. Morphologicaly, they seem to be members of this jonesae group."
We photographed two of these in Mar & Dec.

Copyright © 2017-2023 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 16-Dec-2017
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.