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EXTREMELY RARE SCORPION AND VELVET MITE IN AMBER. Buthidae. Oligocene. La Bucara Mine, near Santiago, Dominican Re...

2013 Oct 19-20 Nature & Science Signature Auction - Dallas #5141

 
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Auction Ended On: Oct 20, 2013
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EXTREMELY RARE SCORPION AND VELVET MITE IN AMBER
Buthidae
Oligocene
La Bucara Mine, near Santiago, Dominican Republic

This is a superb, museum-quality Amber nugget containing a perfectly preserved, complete and fully articulated body of a small Scorpion. Unearthed at La Bucara, the fearsome arachnid is frozen in its classic attack position, with claws thrust forward and its tail curled up behind. At just over ½ inch long, the detail of the body is exquisite, even including some color. Also present are the mysterious pectine structures, which are found on the ventral side, immaculately preserved and forming a feathery "V" shape between the legs on the second abdominal section. These are sensory organs and chemical receptors unique to the Scorpion, with which it sweeps the ground for texture and suitability for depositing spermatophore during the reproductive process. These are so delicate that, even in Amber specimens, they are frequently not preserved, making this a first-class example.Suspended close to the Scorpion is a large and superb Velvet Mite, likewise perfectly preserved right down to its fine body hairs and coloration - approximately ⅛ of an inch long. The nugget also contains some small floral debris and a natural interior plane, amidst large areas of complete crystal clarity.
1.375 inches (3.49 cm)

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