Scorpion with Babies
Location: Huachuca Mts., southern Arizona
October 11, 2011 2:22 pm
I took a photograph in southern Arizona a few years ago of a scorpion with babies on its back. Can you identify the species from this shot? Thanks.
Signature: Glenn McCrea
In our opinion, this is an Arizona Bark Scorpion, Centruroides sculpturatus. According to BugGuide, “‘sculpturatus’ describes the sculptured appearance of the tergites (dorsal plates)” and that is a distinguishing feature, however, in your photograph, the tergites are hidden by the substantial brood of young.
1 thought on “Arizona Bark Scorpion with Brood, we believe”
Based on the prevalent small hairs, thickness of the penultimate tail segment, and somewhat stubby looking pincers, I believe this is a stripe-tail scorpion, Paravaejovis spinigerus, but I’m not an expert, just a park worker near PHX.