This specimen was captured by a friend, and I asked to take its photo. It was already deceased when I was told about it.
It had walked into my friend's house, near Fountaindale Road.
It was trying to crawl under a sofa. This is reported widely as common behaviour of Scorpions in Australia.
|A small Scorpion, probably a "Southern or Wood Scorpion",|
Genus Cercophonius (most likely)
"The Australian species can inflict a painful sting that results in swelling and pain for several hours, but there have not been any confirmed deaths of people from stings from Australian scorpions. Medical advice should be sought if you are stung by a scorpion." Museum Victoria
This Scorpion appears similar in size and general form to the Victorian species (plural) known as Southern or Wood Scorpions. Apparently there are at least six species in the genus Cercophonius.
|Most likely this is a|
Southern or Wood Scorpion
|Head on view of the Scorpion|
I thought that the "pincers" (pedipalps)
were single only, but of course they are dual parts
just very finely matched, so that they appear as a single unit
when not opened to clasp prey.
|Close-up shot of the pedipalp|
Only in close-up can one see both sides to these pincers.
I have never had any close contact with Scorpions previously.When we turned it over, we were surprised to see these brush-like structures
underneath the second body section of the Scorpion."a pair of featherlike sensory organs known as the pectines"
|The comb-like "pectines" are visible underneath|
the "mesosomal section" of the Scorpion.
Sorry about some extraneous fibres visible in this photo.
"The second segment has the pectines, sensory organs that are unique to scorpions. The pectines are paired, comblike structures attached to a small plate called the basal piece; evidence suggests that the pectines function in evaluating textures of surfaces the scorpion is walking on and in detecting chemical substances (pheromones) used in sexual attraction."Source: http://www.vaejovidae.com/Anatomy.htm