Subject: Gatlinburg bug like scorpion
Location: gatlinburg, tn
April 1, 2015 4:29 pm
What could this be? 8 legs. 2 claws. 1 tail with what could be stinger. No bigger in size in total than a quarter.
Are you Joshing us Josh??? It is April Fool’s Day.
This looks somewhat like a Bark Scorpion in the genus Centruroides, and one member of the genus, Centruroides vittatus, is known from Tennessee, according to BugGuide, but other than the general shape, your Scorpion does not match the BugGuide description: “A very important clue is the ‘triangle’ on the front of the carapace; long, slender appendages, which are noticeably more elongate in males than in females; two broad stripes down back, with orange bars on each tergite (dorsal plate); hands and fifth metasoma (tail) segment are darker, especially in young and freshly molted specimens; broad stripe on the back of the tail. – Kari J McWest.” Your individual more closely resembles the Florida Bark Scorpion pictured on BugGuide, Centruroides gracilis, but that species has only been reported from Florida and California, though according to BugGuide it is: “Introduced from the tropics.” We believe a much more likely candidate for your Scorpion in the Southern Unstriped Scorpion, Vaejovis carolinianus, because it so closely resembles this BugGuide image. It is reported from Tennessee, according to BugGuide, and the best evidence is the information posted to BugGuide that “The only scorpion native to much of the Appalachian states” and “Occasionally enters homes and is often found under rocks and other surface objects. This species is not of medical importance.”