Monday, May 24, 2010

Raffles Museum Treasures: Giant forest scorpion

P1440209
Giant forest scorpion (Heterometrus longimanus)
Native to Singapore

Scorpions in Singapore
A review of the genus Heterometrus Ehrenberg, 1828, with descriptions of seven new species (Scorpiones, Scorpionidae)
Black scorpion (Heterometrus longimanus) as a laboratory animal: maintenance of a colony of scorpion for milking of venom for research, using a restraining device


(Photo by Ben Buckley)

2 comments:

Crystal said...

Woah! Those scorpions are intense. I used to live in the southwestern U.S., and I often heard tales of people finding scorpions in their shoes when they went to put them on in the morning, but I never saw one myself. The only scorpion I ever saw was a dead one on the road at Pulau Ubin (http://cbsingapore.blogspot.com/2009/09/pulau-ubin.html). Even though it was dead, it was still pretty neat.

Ivan said...

Thanks for the comment! Looks like the dead scorpion you saw is the same species as the specimen I photographed! It's quite rarely seen compared to another species, which is apparently quite commonly spotted in the Central Catchment Area and Admiralty Park. Here's some recent sightings of a different species of scorpion:

http://sgmacro.blogspot.com/2010/05/secret-garden-tarantula-and-scorpion.html
http://sgn090608.blogspot.com/2009/11/lower-peirce-life-on-handrails.html
http://sgn090608.blogspot.com/2009/12/091212-upper-seletar-mandai-orchid.html
http://sgn090608.blogspot.com/2010/03/100328-venus-drive.html