Spider-hunting Scorpion
Two-toned Thicktail Scorpion
Profile, Tail Up
Two-toned Thicktail Scorpion (Lychas cf jonesae)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Spiders, Scorpions, Mites & Ticks (Arachnida)
Order: Scorpions (Scorpiones)
Family: Scorpion (Buthidae)     iNaturalist Observation
Species: Two-toned Thicktail Scorpion (Lychas cf jonesae)
This Photo:     🔍Dorsal🔎

Thank you Ethan Yeoman for confirming and Dr Erich Volschenk for helping with the id of this species for us

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
~8mm long (SVL), ie not including the tail.
This was a very non-agressive scorpion, keeping it's tail down most of the time to try and hide and become inconspicuous.
Notice the 2-pronged spine, which differentiates scorpion groups. Thanks to Mark Hura, this 2-pronged spine is called a "subaculear spine". Erich made a note on our Lychas sp ES02 that the SA specimens of L. jonesae are part of a species complex in the L. jonesae group. In time they'll hopefully get their own species name.

Copyright © 2022-2024 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 11-Mar-2022
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.