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in portugal only this specie was found yet so this is why i think is this individual belongs to it

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Nice looking scorpion. We now have this species in our database if you want to add an ID: http://www.inaturalist.org/taxa/127312-Buthus-occitanus

Posted by kueda over 4 years ago (Flag)
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Common Yellow Scorpion - Photo (c) Valter Jacinto, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA)
snake's ID: Common Yellow Scorpion (Buthus occitanus)
Posted by snake over 4 years ago (Flag)
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Common Yellow Scorpion - Photo (c) Valter Jacinto, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA)
bjsmit's ID: Common Yellow Scorpion (Buthus occitanus)
Posted by bjsmit over 4 years ago (Flag)
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This is actually Buthus ibericus, which is probably the most common species in Portugal (most of the other observations attibuted to B. occitanus are misidentifications) and unfortunately the species is not present in iNaturalist. Some of the anatomical differences are rarely visible in photos but fortunately this record has a photo where the shape of the profile of the movable finger of the pedipalps is clear, thus providing evidence to the correct identification. For more details on the differences between this species and B. occitanus, please refer to the original description: http://www.sea-entomologia.org/aracnet/12/02Escorpion.pdf

Posted by jpsilva 3 months ago (Flag)
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@jpsilva, if you think it's Buthus ibericus, please add an ID for that species. That will shift the community ID to the genus Buthus and remove this from the Research Grade pool.

Posted by kueda 3 months ago (Flag)
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Good point, @kueda. But, as I said above, "unfortunately the species is not present in iNaturalist", that's why I couldn't add an ID. How can one add an ID for a species which neither iNaturalist nor its external sources have? This situation happens often.

Posted by jpsilva 3 months ago (Flag)
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Buthus ibericus - Photo (c) Mario Modesto Mata, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA)
jpsilva's ID: Buthus ibericus, a member of Arrowbreasted Scorpions (Family Buthidae)
Posted by jpsilva 3 months ago (Flag)
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Hm, maybe someone added it after you tried to add an ID. If you'd like to add new taxon records, please email help@inaturalist.org and ask to become a site curator. Do you know if there are any good, global sources for scorpion taxonomy?

Posted by kueda 3 months ago (Flag)
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I think that's what happened. Not really, I just happened to be aware of the status of this species but for over 20 years I haven't been much into arachnids. Anyway, thanks for the tip as there are many corrections to make with marine animals and there is a good source for their taxonomy (the World Register of Marine Species). I might apply to help curate nudibranchs.

Posted by jpsilva 3 months ago (Flag)
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Common Yellow Scorpion - Photo (c) Valter Jacinto, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA)
snake's ID: Common Yellow Scorpion (Buthus occitanus)
Buthus - Photo (c) Valter Jacinto, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA)
Community ID: Genus Buthus, a member of Arrowbreasted Scorpions (Family Buthidae)
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Buthus ibericus - Photo (c) Mario Modesto Mata, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA)
jpsilva's ID: Buthus ibericus, a member of Arrowbreasted Scorpions (Family Buthidae)
Common Yellow Scorpion - Photo (c) Valter Jacinto, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA)
bjsmit's ID: Common Yellow Scorpion (Buthus occitanus)
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