Impurest's Guide to Animals #29 - Yellow Tailed Scorpion

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What Issue #29, time sure does fly you're a) having fun or b) relegated to using public transport. Last week the prancing Patas Monkey was in the spotlight. This week we have a request from @scorpion2501, the clue to this issue is in the name, need I say more.

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Issue #29 - Yellow Tailed Scorpion

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Kingdom – Animalia

Phylum – Arthropoda

Class – Arachnida

Order – Scorpiones

Family – Euscorpidae

Genus – Euscorpius

Species – flavicus

Related Species - The Yellow Tailed Scorpion is one of 19 species within the genus Euscorpius (1)

Range - Yellow Tailed Scorpions are naturally found in Southern Europe and North Africa. In addition introduced populations can be found in countries as far apart as Uruguay and the United Kingdom

Friendly Neighbourhood Scorpion

Yellow Tailed Scorpions are small black scorpions that reach a length of four centimetres and can be distinguished by its yellow stinger tip. Like other members of the genus Euscorpius, the Yellow Tailed Scorpion is described as a fossorial species, meaning that it prefers to live in burrows or under stones rather than out in the open (2). Like other scorpions it has poor vision, relying instead on vibrations detected through its feet and sensory hairs on the claws to navigate.

Common Wall Lizard (Podacius murallis) feeding on Yellow Tailed Scorpion [2]
Common Wall Lizard (Podacius murallis) feeding on Yellow Tailed Scorpion [2]

Largely insectivorous, the Yellow Tailed Scorpion will hunt and consume any prey item it can overpower with its large claws or the venom pumped from the stinger on its tail. Despite being a skilled predator Yellow Tailed Scorpions are prey for larger animals such as lizards, rodents and amphibians as well as larger scorpions. The venom itself is designed to immobilise insects and has little effect on larger mammals, with the effects being described as being akin to a bee sting. After factoring in the species placid nature and reluctance to sting in defence, the species is not considered a major health risk within its range.

Scorpion reproduction is a complex affair; first the male will catch a prey item and present it to the female. If she accepts he will sting her while she eats, with the venom making her placid and easier to manipulate. With claws locked the male ‘waltzes’ her over to a packet of sperm deposited earlier by the male until she is fertilized. After that he leaves, with the female giving birth to around thirty live young over a year later (3). The female will protect the young and even carry them on her back until their first moult, upon which time the juveniles instinctively leave to find territories of their own.

Five Fun Yellow Tailed Scorpion Facts

Like all Scorpions, when exposed to UV light the Yellow Tailed Scorpion glows green

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While still relatively unknown, the British population of Yellow Tailed Scorpions is thought to have arrived from Italy around 200 years ago

Despite being an alien species, the Yellow Tailed Scorpion is not considered invasive outside its natural range, with calls by some in the UK to protect them (4)

On average the Yellow Tailed Scorpion will eat five meals a year due to its slow metabolism

In general Scorpions with larger pincers and thin tails are generally less venomous then those with smaller pincers and fat tails. Despite this it is not advised to pick up any scorpions you find.

Bibliography

1 - www.arkive.org

2 - http://www.amentsoc.org/insects/glossary/terms/fossorial

3 - Benton, T.G. (1993). Courtship behaviour of the scorpion, Euscorpius flavicaudis. Bull. Br. arachnol. Soc., vol. 9 (5), pp. 137-141

4 - http://animalwrites.hubpages.com/hub/UK-Invasive-Species-Spiders-Scorpions-and-Slugs

Picture References

1 - http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Ph2Pa8yAGxA/TxWPoM_JksI/AAAAAAAABzE/I-XYfBqi0qg/s1600/Scorpion.jpg

2 - http://cdn1.arkive.org/media/0A/0A85D270-529C-42DA-87F5-DA26BA082D90/Presentation.Large/Common-wall-lizard-feeding-on-a-yellow-tailed-scorpion-Euscorpius-flavicaudis.jpg

3 - https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5175/5418365026_28c9c101db.jpg

Thanks for reading guys; I hope you enjoyed the exploration into the Yellow Tailed Scorpion. Next week the request of @darthaznable is addressed with the ever patient @dboyrules2011 animal the week after. As usual drop off some comments and check out past issues in Impurest’s Bestiary.

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#1  Edited By Cream_God

So the female baths in sperm?

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@cgoodness: More like walked across a sticky package on the ground

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Yellow scorpion? All I'm thinking is "GET OVER HERE!"

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@scorpion2501: <Sigh> Nobody realises that I'm the power behind the throne.

(Thinking about changing my surname to Borgia just to prove it :-P)

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#7  Edited By ImpurestCheese

@xwraith: Nope, not till you ask nicely and keep that harpoon away from me

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#8  Edited By cbishop

@impurestcheese: Also, when they get mad, they will toss rocks over with their pincers, in an attempt to intimidate the threatening party. It's actually kind of comical. :)

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@impurestcheese: Borgia O_O? Abort! Abort!

Thank you for making this BTW. It was a fun read ^_^

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I wasn't aware that they where in the U.K.

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@impurestcheese: Yikes! Scorpions!! *hides*

This was very interesting to read. Good work. :)

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#12  Edited By ImpurestCheese

@cbishop: Of course they do, why wouldn't Drapion's little brother do that :-)

Drapion use Rock Slide!!
Drapion use Rock Slide!!

@laflux: It's one of the UK's best kept ecological secrets...well it was

@scorpion2501: You're welcome. It was fun to write too

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#13  Edited By ImpurestCheese

@dboyrules2011: Don't worry they won't hurt you (unless you're allergic to Scorpion Venom). Thanks for the comment though

Fun Fact #6 - Don't let Cats play with Scorpions
Fun Fact #6 - Don't let Cats play with Scorpions

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@impurestcheese: I'm not allergic to scorpion venom (I don't think I am). You're welcome.

You got me wondering why I love cats sooo much. :P

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@dboyrules2011: No idea but the series mascot is a smug Caracal. Also we had a Snow Leopard issue a while back...

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@dboyrules2011: I'll drop you a link to that and the library in the next few minutes

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Nope nope nope. Fun fact: I didn't know scorpions glowed green under UV. lol

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@impurestcheese: Interesting. I must try the male scorpion's method. *Stings you* :P

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Niceeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

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#22  Edited By Bruxae

This scorpion knows how to roll, sounds like he's basically roofieing the crap out of his partner before impregnation begins.

Thanks for another one!

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@ostyo: Not going to work, not at all

@bruxae: if he doesn't then the female would eat him

@darthaznable: They do, it's quite beautiful really

@wolverine08: Thanks

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@nighthunder: Meant to tah you for this one but got the wrong person. Sorry about that

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@impurestcheese: Ah, worth a shot. Okay, is there like any species of animal you haven't covered yet?

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@ostyo: Only about 99.99999999% of the Animal Kingdom.

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@impurestcheese: Psh, you're getting sloppy. I expected you to be onto animals from other planets by now. :P

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@impurestcheese: Have you got any animals already labelled for the next few weeks?

Because I would quite like to see

1. False Vampire Bat

2. Asiatic Lion

3. Tiger Beetle

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I wonder why it's called the yellow-tailed scorpion if it only has a yellow stinger but has yellow legs? Couldn't we call it the yellow-legged scorpion instead?

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#31  Edited By ImpurestCheese

@laflux: Some of those are on the List of 100. They'll be seen soon but not in the next three weeks

@ostyo: But this is another planet...

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@squares: Who knows, nomoculture in science is often inaccurate

@ostyo: Of course not human

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@impurestcheese: cool beans

@squares said:

I wonder why it's called the yellow-tailed scorpion if it only has a yellow stinger but has yellow legs? Couldn't we call it the yellow-legged scorpion instead?

Because they are many Scorpions with yellow legs I presume. The tip (Telson and sting) being yellow of itself is more unique. I suppose you could call it the Yellow Legged Black Scorpion or the yellow tip Black Scorpion, but conundrums like this is why people should try to use Lineal Classification IMO.

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@impurestcheese: I'm so confused. But Squares is right, idiots clearly named that bug.

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@laflux: Wow, thanks for that, Laflux to the rescue. :-)

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#39  Edited By ImpurestCheese

@laflux: :-D

@ostyo: It's an arachnid not a bug.

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@impurestcheese: It has always annoyed me that the word bug is used both to describe creepy-crawlies in general and as the term for Hemiptera lol.

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@laflux: You and me both. Only one bug issue so far...

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Neato. Scorpions are boss.

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I wonder how they'd look as earrings? (alive, I mean.)

And can I just say eww to the walking over his bag of male-making stuffage? First he gets her in the mood through questionable means, then has her glomping into goo. Haha, seriously though, I've run into these guys a couple of times. Freaky things.

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@ms_lola: I'd advise against living jewellery. And if there freaky wait till Issue 32...

@wildvine: Yep, they are tough as hell

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#46  Edited By JoshuaDBr

Thanks for tagging me! I love animals, but sometimes I go a while without learning something new about one. Please don't stop tagging me. These are great!

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Never knew britan has scorpions...

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