2 Pronged Stinger
|Class:||Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Spiders, Scorpions, Mites & Ticks (Arachnida)|
|Family:||Scorpion (Buthidae) iNaturalist Observation|
|Species:||Marbled Scorpion (Lychas sp ES01)|
Thank you Dr Erich Volschenk for identifying this species for us
General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
A small (body & head is around 10mm or so = ~10mm SVL) very pretty scorpion, but quite poisonous.
The common name is very apt, being of marbled / scaloped patterns with various shades of brown. While marbled it is also quite striped; reminding us somewhat of a parquet floor (sharp edges with woodgrain).
Aparantly the sting is very painful so watch out !-)
They also fluoresce in UV light.
We thought this was L. marmoreus, but Erich said "I think this might be one of the synonyms and not 'true' marmoreus. It's a bit on the pale side though which might indicate something in 'variatus group'? So lifted it to genus. We photographed one in Mar.