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Iurus kraepelini (male)

Iurus kraepelini (male)
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Copyright: Catherine Dijon (CatherineD) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 861 W: 57 N: 4006] (14097)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-06-20
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 40 D, Canon EF 100 mm F2.8 Macro USM
Exposure: f/11, 1/200 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-09-24 10:31
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
We met this impressive male scorpion (about 10 cm) in Cığlıkara in June while travelling with Bayram. I suppose it is the same species than the mother with babies posted recently by Bayram here. And maybe he is the father of the babies – not Bayram, but this scorpion ;)
I must confess that I’m still scared by scorpions, but Mert (Bayram’s student) helped me to take this shot, while holding the piece of wood where he was.

Iurus kraepelini von Ubisch, 1922
Syn.: Iurus dufoureius asiaticus
Family: Iuridae
Common names: Kraepelin’s Scorpion [En], Krepelin Akrebi [Tu]

This scorpion is one of the largest (up to 100 mm) scorpion in Europe and Turkey belongs to the family Iuridae. It is almost endemic to Turkey (Southern Anatolia) however it is also found in an adjacent island of Greece, Megisti (Kastelorizo).
Despite his big size, this scorpion is of little danger to humans.

You will find more info about this species on the Bayram’s note here and on the following papers:
Kovarik, F., Fet, V., Soleglad, M. E. & Yağmur, E. A., 2010. Etudes on iurids, III. Revision of the genus Iurus Thorell, 1876 (Scorpiones: Iuridae), with a description of two new species from Turkey. Euscorpius — Occasional Publications in Scorpiology, No. 95, 1-212 pp.
Ozkan O, Ciftci G, Pekmezci GZ, Kar S, Uysal H, Karaer KZ. , 2007.
Proteins, lethality and in vivo effects of Iurus dufoureius asiaticus scorpion venom, Toxicon. 2007; 50(3):394-9

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Hello Catherine. Stunning catch of this dangerous scorpion with fine pose on wood and beautiful composition.
TFS. Kind regards,

Excelente nitidez!

Ciao Catherine,
impressionante photo en macro de ce scorpion, superbe netteté avec de couleurs éclatantes, excellent point de vue.
Merci et félicitations
Je te souhaite un bon week-end
Ciao Maurizio

Catherine this is superb presentation. But i am laughing still with your words on my mentor Professor Bayram:) so amusing.
Thanks for this complementary and also complimentary shot.
Great work.
TFS and kind regards,

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-09-24 11:00]

Hello Catherine
Wonderful capture. Excellent work!

hallo Catherine
this is a superpicture
great details good sharpnes and nice pose to see this beauty very good
great shot
greeting lou

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-09-24 12:23]

Good evening Catherine,
This is a superb portrait of this species of Scorpion, its black shades well exposed to reveal its features with excellent sharpness from a fine POV. A difficult subject in several ways, well handled by you and Bayram's team!
Thanks and have a good weekend,

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2010-09-24 14:31]

Hello Catherine,
A very impressive macro of this Scorpion with great sharpness,details and wonderful composition.TFS.
Best regards,

Hola Catherine

Vaya, acabo de ver en TN otro escorpión pero en color marrón, y referia ques se veían pocos en TN, pero en un mismo día veo dos, debe ser la epoca. De todas formas esta es una imagen realmente bella, y un POV excelente. Felicidades por esta perfección.

Un saludo de Antonio

Haha:))) so funny:D ya ya i am male scorpion and that babies are mine:P
Great presentation dear Cat! Now i understood that Mert also not sh...man:) since he could help you whlie i was absent from your around:D
Excelent complenetary work MF!
TFS and have a nice night/WE!


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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2010-09-25 2:01]

Hi Catherine
wonderfull image,exellent work.

Ciao Catherine, superb macro of fantastic creature, beautiful blurry BG, wonderful natural colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Hi Catherine,
That’s an absolutely amazing picture with great details and wonderful colours.
You captured the Scorp in an excellent position! I love this picture.

Many thanks for sharing your picture here.
Have a nice start into your weekend.

Sascha ;O)

Hello Catherine,
Fantastic shot with amazing details and colours. Excellent capture with superb focus and very good background.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2010-09-25 4:24]

Really terrific capture here, Cathrine!
Scorpions are great subjects and i really like the angle you got this one from - giving us a superb view to it's entire body and especially that pin on that tail.
Very good management of the exposure - getting maximum details form those blacks and great control of the DOF, too.
Wonderful work!

Bravo and TFS

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-09-25 4:34]

Bonjour Catherine,
Quelle image impressionnnante ! Le noirceur de ce scorpion contribue à le rendre encore plus "diabolique". La gestion de la lumière est parfaite, cela ne devait pas être simple de trouver le réglage idéal. Bravo!
Bonne fin de semaine

What a lovely shot of this scorpion, Catherine!The beautiful earthy coloured BG is stunning and brings out the sharply detailed scorpion splendidly.

Excellent ..
All , photo and text .

Hi Catherine,very interesting, but scary.TFS

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2010-09-26 19:26]

Hello Catherine,
I have no experience with scorpions, since they don't live anywheres close to me here in Ohio. I have never seen one in the wild, but would love to someday.
You have presented us with an awesome shot of this particular one, filled with fine detail and beautiful natural colors. Perfect exposure and nicely composed image. Great notes too!!

Hi Catherine,
A nice capture of this beautiful scorpion. Yes they are subjects to be afraid of. Very good composed shot with good details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Ciao Catherine. Stunning detaisl and perfect DOF for this impressive one against the blurred BG.


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